OHE March 8, 1998 (b)

Date: Sun, 8 Mar 1998 19:40:33 -1000
From: "Dayle K. Turner" (turner@hawaii.edu>
Subject: Makapu'u Tom-Tom

I skipped out on trail clearing today to join the HTMC for the Makapu'u Tom-Tom hike. A sizable contingent was on hand today, over 30 folks, including OHE-L members Pat Rorie, Dave Webb, Art Neilson, Wing Ng, and Dick Beaton. Art told me this was one of last sections between Makapuu and Konahuanui he has yet to complete. Way to go, Art.

Everyone parked at the HTMC clubhouse on Puuone Street and piled into a handful of vehicles and headed to the Makapuu lookout where we began the hike.

We had clear skies for most of the day and although the temperatures rose to some uncomfortable heights at times, light trade winds balanced out the heat of the day nicely. For much of the time, we could hear booming music from the community carnival being held at Waimanalo Beach Park. And during the descent of Tom-Tom, a pidgin-speaking carnival emcee offered comical commentary to hike by.

We shoved off at 9:30 and the group I was with (Pat, Dave, Arnold Fujioka and a couple others) finished before 1:00. Probably one of the gnarliest parts of the hike was making our way through the gauntlet of pitbulls and rotweillers (most were leashed) in the yards of the Waimanalo neighborhood we had to walk through to reach the clubhouse. No casualties. :-)

Of course, we stopped off at 7-11 on the way back for the obligatory Super Big Gulp. Alas no bean burritos. :-(

Makapu'u Tom-Tom is one of my favorite hikes and I look forward to doing it again.


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