Merry Christmas Paddlers!
With Christmas here it’s time to start planning our next years kayaking events!
I'd first like to start off with a Great Big MAHALO!!!! to Terry Conlan and Phoung Ma. To Terry for all of the time, energy and good will he put into helping to organize and supervise many of our kayaking outings. We lost Terry to cancer in October but know that he'll continue to be with us in spirit as we continue our paddles around the Island. Phoung also gets a Huge Mahalo!!! for sponsoring our club web site on Meetup.com and keeping it under her wing for the last 2 years! Thanks P!
The whales are back in town, and there will be even more of them in Mid January! So we’ll be starting off the year with a short Whale Watching excursion off Makapuu Point on Saturday, January 18. This outing is a good Family type excursion as the non-paddling members of your family can do the Makapuu Point lighthouse hike to the top of the mount overlooking the ocean, while the paddling members of the family paddle out to commune with the whales. Then you can all finish up with a family picnic lunch at Sandy Beach.
On this trip, Kathy and Chenoa, my wife and daughter have volunteered – again- to be our spotters from on top of Makapuu point. On this trip, they’ll hike to the lighthouse lookout to spot whales for us, and with our vhf radios, they’ll talk us right over to them. If any of you have VHF radios, this would be a great time to bring them. Then you’ll get the spotter’s info at the same time I do. If the weather is good, which it has a good chance of being, then it should be a really fun paddle.
A couple of words of caution though. (1) It is illegal to approach closer than 100 yds. a whale on the surface so let’s all stay aware of that and keep our distance from them, and (2) the last time we did this paddle, it drew out everyone and their brother who had any old clunker kayaks in their backyard or borrowed from friends…..we even had one fellow who tried to take a surf-ski that he had never paddled before out there. He didn’t get far cause he couldn’t keep it upright to get away from the beach. The point of this is that if you have friends coming along who have not spent time kayaking on the ocean, please make it YOUR responsibility to keep them close to you in case they need guidance or assistance. Makapuu point waters are really nice on a calm day, but they can be very rough when the wind is blowing and current running, and we’ll be in an area where the closest landing point will be about a mile away.
Our put-in will be at baby Makapuu which is ¼ mile south of the UH Pier. We’ll plan on meeting at 8:00 AM and launching at 8:30. It’s about 2 miles out to the point and we may go around the point a bit to the Sandy beach side of the cliffs if that’s where the whales are. When we’re done with the whale watching, if the conditions are good, we’ll do a paddle around the back-side of Rabbit Island on the way in and we’ll probably finish up between 10:30 and noon.
With the new year, and a lot of paddling to do, we’re looking for a couple experienced paddlers to help with some of the club outings. If any of our group would like to help organize and or assist with leading some of our club outings, please let me know and we’ll talk about what needs to be done.
Let’s all pray for great weather for our first paddle, and I’ll look forward to seeing you out there on January 18! Till then, I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas and A happy New Year!!!
Merry Christmas with Aloha,