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Malaekahana Bay to Turtle Bay – 7.5 miles

  • Jun 22, 2014 · 8:00 AM


Malaekahana Bay to Turtle Bay – 7.5 miles

Well, we’ve had a good break and our schedule has us paddling again on Sunday June 22. This paddle will complete the Windward (east) side of the island, and take us around Kahuku Point and into Turtle Bay on the North shore.

This is another great paddle which will start at Huki Lau Beach at Malaekahana Bay, directly across from the Mormon Temple entrance.  This park is closed on Sundays, but open on Saturdays.  After the put-in, we’ll proceed immediately outside the reef and turn north to paddle the 7.5 miles to Turtle Bay.  Along the way, we’ll be passing the really secluded stretches of shoreline with nice beaches, including one nude beach (if you want to stop there for a break, there may be entertainment provided), and then into the 2 mile rocky, desolate section going around Kahuku point.  If the surf permits, we’ll paddle into the cove at Turtle Bay Resort and invade the cove for a swim before we paddle the final ½ mile around the point into Turtle Bay to land on its seclude white sand beaches.

This is a 7.5 mile paddle that can be very pleasant in good conditions but a real challenge if the wind is over 20 MPH or if a  large North or East swell is running (which would be unusual this time of year).  So, if you have questions about whether you should go on this one if the conditions are challenging,  I'd suggest that everyone call the National Weather [masked] ext. 2) and surf (ext. 3) reports before you leave home on Saturday to confirm that conditions are within your comfort and safety zone.

So,  we’ll meet at Huki Lau Beach, Malaekahana Bay at 8:00 AM.  Shuttle cars will leave at 8:20 to park at Turtle Bay (at the public beach parking), with the paddlers leaving the beach at 9:00 AM.  We can figure on about a 3 hour paddle so with our ½ way stop, we’ll most likely finish up around 12:30 PM.

Regarding a place to park the shuttle cars at the take out, we’ll have two choices. Our normal parking spot is at the horse barns behind the golf course pro shop (but sometimes they won’t let us park there), we might want to check out the parking close to the Turtle Bay cove, which would make it a bit of a shorter paddle with showers at the end, the only down-side is that if the swell is too large, we may not be able to get in the mouth of the cove.  We can talk this over and make a decision on Saturday morning.  So, look forward to a great day on the water on the 22nd!

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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  • Bob

    Even though it was a good outing, we all missed having Anna and Jackie on this one! :)

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • Bob

    Several new paddlers, calm conditions with light wind helping us along most of the way. There was a bit of swell that created sea-sickness for one of our paddlers, but all of the totally secluded beaches with no one on them, and a bunch of fun people made the trip VERY worthwhile and pleasant!

    2 · June 25, 2014

  • Steve

    Good day for paddling. Looking forward to the next one!

    June 23, 2014

  • Karam

    If anyone was interested in watching the usa soccer game and bbq at my house in mililani you can text me at[masked] 5973. Prob start around 3:30.

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Ana

    i dont think ill be able to make this kayak :( something very important came up :/

    June 21, 2014

    • Steve

      I hope it's something "Good" important and all is well. See you on the next paddle

      1 · June 21, 2014

  • Bob

    Gerard, excellent to see that you'll be going! Bummer Veronique won't be there. Gang, Gerard is a good paddler and looking for a tandem partner!! Great opportunity to learn from a good paddler!

    June 17, 2014

  • Bob

    We've got a couple of our strong guides coming on this paddle. Ladies, if you'd like to go on a tandem with one of them, it'll make the paddling MUCH easier for you! :) Let me know if that sounds good to you!

    June 17, 2014

  • Bob

    Right On Ana, I am too! The beaches we pass on the 1st 1/2 of the paddle are beautiful and usually totally deserted!

    1 · June 17, 2014

  • gerard

    I might be able to join the paddle, but as Veronique is not on Oahu, I have a spot available on my kayak.

    June 17, 2014

  • Ana

    im really looking forward to this paddle!! hopefully take some awesome pics !!

    June 14, 2014

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