MGAA Sponsored Outing
We are currently signing up MGAA members that are interested in joining us on a guided
hike into the Waikamoi Preserve up on Haleakala. Waikamoi is a very beautiful place
that is approximately 95%+ native Hawaiian rainforest. It is filled with Koa and
O'hia trees, several species of ferns and other native plants, and tons of colorful native birds. The preserve is managed by The Nature
Conservancy and access is restricted. If you are interested in signing up for
one of the 2 hikes that we are offering you must read and agree to adhere to the information contained in the
Prep Sheet (please read this document prior to signing up - a copy will also be sent
out with your confirmation email).
If you are interested in seeing how Hawaii looked before man changed the landscape I'd
highly recommend this hike. The natural beauty of this area can't be beat.
We have a total of 26 slots available (13 for each hike). If you are interested in
signing up for one of our hikes please fill out the form at the end of this page. First
WAIKAMOI PRESERVE BOARDWALK HIKE DESCRIPTION:
Roundtrip hike distance is
less than 2 ½ miles,
but can take 3-5 hours.
Going down is relatively easy, using caution on slippery tree roots as you hike
through an experimental conifer plantation installed in 1946. The trail goes
along a jeep road for over a ½ mile then becomes single-file all the way down to
bottom of boardwalk, with a platform for folks to sit.
The multi-stepped boardwalk has no railings. Hike leaders will stop on
the way at openings for all to catch up and look at available views. (Hike
leaders are quite knowledgeable about Hawaiian natural history and this area, so
please show consideration as they provide you interpretation.) When heading back
up from this trail, it’s good to stop every 5 minutes to take a drink, catch
one’s breath, and allow the hikers to re-group. Hike at a safe and enjoyable
pace getting back up the 700 ft. elevation incline
to reach the parked
We have arranged for two hikes into the Waikamoi Preserve. Everyone meets in the Ace Pukalani parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
We then carpool from there over to TNC's office to sign waivers, then on up to Hosmer Grove where we start the hike. The last time I did the hike we were back in Pukalani around 1:00 p.m.
We have scheduled hikes for the following dates and once again it's
first come first served. I will send out confirmation emails to the first 26 requesters who
sign up and meet the membership requirement below. The form will allow you to
select the options of being placed on the alternate date to the one you've
chosen if space is available and to be wait-listed if both dates are filled and
then someone cancels. Being placed on these lists will also be first come
1st Hike: June 25, 2011 @ 8:30 a.m. (Saturday) -
2nd Hike: July 20, 2011 @ 8:30 a.m. (Wednesday)
You must be an active MGAA member to sign up (Dues for 2011 paid).
One spouse or Significant other can sign up with an active member - Please check the guest
request field and indicate your spouse or significant other's name in the space provided.
Waikamoi Preserve Hike Sign Up Request
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