Kailua Beach to Kaneohe (& Mokomanu Cave!) - 9 miles
Saturday, May 4th, we’ll be paddling from Kailua, at the Kawainui Canal (put-in at Pali Palms Plaza back parking lot), out the mouth of the canal, turn north along the coast to the sea-cliffs, around Mokapu point (Marine Corps Base Hawaii - MCBH), out to the sea cave at the Mokomanu islands, and then into Kaneohe Bay at Pyramid rock, to finish up at Heeia State boat Harbor.
This is a 9 mile paddle that features some of the most interesting and scenic geographical features on Oahu with 400 foot sea cliffs that we can paddle right beneath, and the sea cave that goes back into the Mokomanu islands for approximately 100 yards. We have gotten as many as 23 kayaks in the cave at once in the past!
On a calm day, this is an area no one forgets! While most sea-caves in Hawaii are old lava tubes, this cave was formed by two lava flows at different periods of time. After the first flow (seen on the right side of the cave entrance) sediment built up on top of the solidified lava. Later, another lava flow covered the thick layer of sediment. Eventually, the sea water eroded away the sediment between the two layers which created the cave. When we get out there, you’ll see that inside the cave, the ceiling is like a cathedral domed ceiling, while the water is approx. 50 ft. deep at the bottom of the cave with few, if any jagged edges inside the cave. The high ceiling, wide open interior with vertical, smooth walls and deep water make this cave safer than most that you can paddle into.
If conditions are good, it would be fun to get pictures of 30 or more kayaks inside the cave, so make sure you bring your camera on this one!!!!! One of the unique features of this sea cave is that the mouth faces east, so there is great sunlight and visibility while the sun is low in the morning, but once the sun is high, you can see nothing but black after you enter the cave. For that reason we want to get a little earlier start on this paddle than we do normally.
This means we should meet at the Pali Palms Plaza parking lot at 7:30 AM. There are two parking lots at the Pali Palms, and just so everyone is clear, we will NOT be meeting in the parking lot on the side where Pinky’s Restaurant is located. We WILL be meeting on the opposite side of the plaza from the restaurant. So, if you are approaching the restaurant and office building and they are on your right, the parking lot is immediately AFTER the office building. If we use this lot we won’t be taking up restaurant parking spaces.
If we meet there at 7:30 AM with the goal of having the shuttle cars leave at 7:45 we should be able to be on the water by 8:45 and at the cave by 10:30 while there is still enough light inside to see everything clearly and get some good pictures. It’ll also be a good idea to bring snorkel gear, as there is a lot to see underwater in and around the cave area also. We should finish up between 1:30 and 2:30 PM.
Know your capabilities, limits, the conditions and check your equipment before you go. Sun Screen, hat and water are a must. Sun glasses, gloves and dry bag are a good idea. Remember to stay in sight of the group and tell others if you are leaving. You alone are responsible for your health and safety. To check conditions, go to: http://www.surfnewsnetwork.com/ and check the surf and wind forecast to see what it’s saying at that time. Then, knowing the latest forecast, we can all make the decision about whether to come out for this paddle or to go for a paddle somewhere else, or stay home and clean the yard. Be sure to check the Meetup – Hua Iki site for any changes and updates and to change your RSVP if you change your mind.
Questions: Call Bob at the Twogood store [masked], or on the morning of the paddle, you’ll be able to reach Bob on his cell at 375-1030.