Kahana Bay to Malaekahana – 4.8 miles for the short route or, 9.5 miles if you want to paddle the entire course.
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 Saturday, May 31, and we’ll be paddling from Kahana Bay north in the protected waters inside the reef, for 4.8 miles to Hauula Beach Park. Here, we'll take a break, and those that want to end their paddle here, will have a shower and restrooms to change in. Those that want to paddle the entire route will then head out around Laiea Point and paddle the final 4 miles to Malaekahana Beach Park - Home to the absolutely gorgeous Goat Island, with it's nice fantasy-like little crescent shaped sandy beach on the inside shore 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 who 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.
So, here’s the plan……..
Meet at 8:00 am at Kahana Bay camp ground, 2nd turn out after the main bridge 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.
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: 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 web site for any changes and updates and to change your RSVP if you change your mind.