Hawaii Kai Lions District 50 - Club Number 14324

October 28th – Ka Iwi Explorations Trail Clearing

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Submitted by Kendrick S. Chang

On the morning of Saturday, October 28, 2023, the Hawaii Kai Lions Club joined other community
volunteers to clear the hiking trail for the annual Ka Iwi Explorations public access hikes. Volunteers walked over a half-mile into the established jeep road trail to clear hale koa wood branches and shrubs to ensure that the path is passable for hikers who will be visiting the Ka Iwi mauka lands during Ka Iwi Explorations. Lion Kelvin Kaneoka brought an electric saw that came in handy to cut down thick stumps that were sticking out along the trail. The climate was extremely hot and sunny – A lot of labor and
sweat equity was expended by all the Lion volunteers.
Participating members included Lions Kendrick S. Chang, Ells Fujii, Allen Umeda, Kelvin Kaneoka, CIS Hedy
Kaneoka, Trevor Yee (and girlfriend Janelle).

Livable Hawaii Kai Hui purchased the181.5 acres of the Ka Iwi mauka lands in 2017 under a conservation
easement. The parcel stretches from the end of Mokuhano Street in Kalama Valley through the behind valley of the Hawaii Kai Golf Course to the summit ridges mauka of Makapuu Point above Sea Life Park. As part of the conservation easement commitments, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui provides controlled opportunities for the public to hike the lands throughout the year and organizes a guided group hike experience through Ka Iwi Explorations.

The Hawaii Kai Lions Club has supported Ka Iwi Explorations in past years with trail clearing support and
parking assistance during the actual event. We will be returning to assist with Ka Iwi Explorations on December 2-3 2023 by serving as parking guides (hikers will be instructed to park inside an open vacant lot at trail head end of Mokuhano Street) and hike leaders/sweepers.

More information about Ka Iwi Explorations is available via the event webpage – https://events.bizzabo.com/546150

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