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April 2005



This past Saturday, almost 30 volunteers mustered at the Hawaii Nature Center for Makiki Wai workday.  In addition to planting and general trail maintenance, volunteers completed the long discussed fence between Kanealole Trail and the Makiki baseyard.

HURT members, assisted by volunteers, tie-wired split bamboo pickets onto the chain-link fencing and gates to create a "rustic" looking barrier.  Please kokua with the new route by diverting onto the new trail section - go over the "HURT" bridge on the way back to NC.

Mahalo to all you HURT runners who volunteered your Saturday to come out and help!


The Trail Advisory Council met this past Tuesday.  Some of the more pertinent items discussed were:

1.  DLNR is issuing a conditional use permit to the Conservation Council for a 1 year period.  Council volunteers will be weeding and hand clearing various sections of Manoa Cliffs Trail once a month (no herbicide).  Volunteers will be allowed to work without direct supervision by DLNR personnel.  Hopefully this will provide a model for HURT members to volunteer as well.  If you see workers on Manoa Cliffs Trail while running, please be sure to stop and thank them!

2.  Negotiations are underway to lease 30 parking stalls at Paradise Park from the Wong family.  Parking will no longer be allowed at the trailhead.  There are also plans underway to install a cattle gate at the lower boundry of Paradise Park which will close the area off after hours.

3.  DLNR staffing is now complete.  Jason Misaki will be working with personnel from OCCC and Patricia Tannahill will work with volunteer groups.

4.  Construction of the new Nature Center structure is on schedule - photos attached.  NC is advertising week long summer programs for kids.  If you are interested, please give them a call.



Mahalo again to all of you who took the time to send me your thoughts concerning requests by the Commercial Trail Activity Council.  The CTAC wanted to increase the size of hiker groups, use trails on weekends, and make more trails available for commercial activity. (Click on the photo's to enlarge them)

Although the requests will be discussed further, the general consensus by Trail User groups (HURT, Hawaii Motorsport, Equestrians, Hunters, Mountain Bikers, 4-Wheelers, and Hiking groups) were not to allow the requests.  Stay tuned!

Mike Garcia



Once again, the Oahu Na Ala Hele Trails and Access Program and the Hawaii Nature Center are requesting volunteers to come out and work on the Makiki Watershed Awareness Initiative.

Next workday will be on Saturday, 23 April 2005:

     1.  Meet at the Makiki Forestry Baseyard @ 0900- you may go through the gate and park in the old lot if working.

     2.  Bring hat, sunscreen, bug juice, lunch, and liquids.

     3.  Aaron will provide work gloves and tools.

     4.  Work may include weeding or clearing, laying gravel, painting bridges, watering and planting Hawaiian native plants.

     5.  "Pau hana" will be at 1400, but if you need to leave a little earlier, that will be fine.

Hope to see you there!

Mike Garcia

Steve Dewald and other Hawaii Athletes at the Inaugural Arizona Ironman

The inaguaral Arizona Ironman triathlon was this past Saturday, (4/9/05) and H.U.R.T. members (past and present plus friends of H.U.R.T. members) did well.

Steve Dewald completed the race in 11:49.01. Showing his H.U.R.T. legs, Steve ran a 4:15.45 marathon to end the race. Wow! Congratualtions and way to go Steve!!

Other times:

  • Collette Haney: 12:15.12
  • Kelley Hupp: 12:21.42
  • Wendy Minor: 14:35.48

Congratulations to all of these competitors. It sounds like the race was tough, with some strong winds, and a confusing end to the bike portion of the race. Almost 1800 athletes participated in this race held in Tempe, Arizona.