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Paddle Kahana Bay to Malaekahana

Kahana Bay to Malaekahana – 9.5 miles

Time for another paddle, and the routes just keep getting better as we go north along the windward side of Oahu!

Our next outing is for this Saturday, October 19, and we’ll be paddling from Kahana Bay to Malaekahana which is about 9.5 miles so around 3 ½ hours paddling time. To make it more manageable, we’ll do a ½ way stop at Laie to relax a bit and stretch our legs.

One of the cool features of this paddle is that it's the last leg needed for Ray Hauser, a 15 year member of this club, to finally finish his circumnavigation of Oahu!!!! Yeah, I know ----15 years?? Ray is a good friend and has been a regular with us for a very long time, but for some reason, every time we did this paddle, he had something else that he could not get out of. Except once, when he chose not to go and ended up being very glad.... Ask us about it on Saturday and we'll tell you a great tale!!! :)

For this trip, we’ll paddle out of scenic Kahana Bay, and stay inside the reef just over 4 miles to Laie where we’ll take a break. At this point, we have a nice channel through which we can get out to sea. Once outside the reef, we’ll turn north and go up the coast. From there it’s another 4.5 miles to Goat Island, which has a jagged outer shelf made of razor sharp rocks, but a nice fantasy-like little crescent shaped sandy beach on the inside of the island that you could imagine being the scene of a castaway island in some movie. It’s a great little place and a wonderful spot to “get away from the crowd”.

Back in the day, this was the most popular nude beach on Oahu – alas no more.

For those in our group haven’t paddled this area and aren’t sure they want to do nine + miles, this route offers two other options. You could do the 1st ½ of the paddle inside the reef and take out at Laie for a 4 mile paddle, or you could start in Laie when the group finishes its “break-time”, and do the open-ocean segment ending at Malaekahana State Park just inside of Goat Island for a 5 mile paddle.

Presently conditions are forecast to be light variable winds(read that as no winds)

So, here’s the plan……..

Meet at 8:00 am at Kahana Bay camp ground, 2nd turn out in the camping area on beach side.

Shuttle cars leave at 8:20 to move vehicles at Malaekahana, or Hauula depending on where you plan to end your paddle.

We'll start the paddle at 9:00 am from Kahana Bay .

We should arrive at Hauula Beach Park for ½ way stop between 10:00 and 10:30 if you plan to join us there.

Arrive Goat Island (Malaekahana) about 1:00 PM. Explore a bit, stretch our legs a bit and depart for the beach (200 yards away) at our leisure.

If conditions hold as they are supposed to, it’ll be a good outing with light, variable winds, so should be a good day for a paddle. I’ll look forward to seeing you all there!

As always: 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: 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 web site for any changes and updates and to change your RSVP if you change your mind.

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  • Steve

    How would I go about renting a tandem kayak from you for tomorrow?

    October 18, 2013

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    We have to work that day, again!

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