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Wow!!! Congratulations to all the Volcano Runners

At about 10:00 p.m. on Saturday night I checked the Volcano web site and was very impressed at the results of the Volcano Marathon.

H.U.R.T. runners and friends did very, very well. I hope over the next few days we can get some of them to post their story and specific results.

A few of us were out this morning on the H.U.R.T. course in Makiki and were very surprised to see Nick Kaiser out on the trails. What is it with this guy???? Did you see how he did at Volcano? Click the link above and check it out.

Saturday Training 7-30-05

Aloha Athletes !

If you are not making the trip to the Big Island for the Volcano Marathon and still want to do a Saturday training run, I have the solution for you ! You have the rare opportunity to preview the Tantalus Trek/Triple Trek course with the famous local ultrarunner, Bob Murphy. A word of caution...Bob's wife Darcy is out of town and Momma Cheryl will not be here to keep Bob in line, so ladies, please be careful. You accept responsibility for your safety, if you decide to join in. Just kidding !! (I think).

Saturday Training 7-30-05 "Murphy Madness" Tantalus Trek Loop

Meeting time: 6:50 am (not a typo)

Starting time: 7:00 am (also not a typo)

Meeting place: Hawaii Nature Center lower parking lot

Training: Tantalus Trek loop (one or more)

Distance: 10 miles/loop

Duration: 2  hours (ave)

Bring: plenty of water and trail food for the duration (there will be no stash) plus bring a snack, etc. to share with the group at the end

Have fun !


Thank You Kelly

Just wanted to say thanks to Kelly Hupp for a great job a few weeks ago with the Keiki triathlon.

My kids have done most of the races for the past few years and I gotta say this was the best race yet.

It was well oranized and run as well as a safe venue for such an event. We had many friends also racing who expressed similar praises. I truly hope the Hale Koa will host this event again and

maybe even more like it. Thanks again Kelly!


The Dewald Family


Aloha again Runners!

Pending final approval from DLNR, HURT runners are planning to refurbish the rutted section of Manoa Cliffs Trail between Kalawahine and the trex sign.  We hope to get this done before the Trek and of course, HURT VI.

We have presented a few options to DLNR for consideration:

     1.  Cut down the remaining bank and regrade existing trail section.

     2.  Cut a new trail section to bipass the rutted area and divert drainage to minize future erosion.

Work Date:  20 August 2005

Time:  TBA

Meet:  Hawaii NC lower parking area.  We may also do a carpool up to concrete road.

Bring:  Lunch, water, bugspray, hat, etc.  DLNR will provide tools and gloves.

We also plan to work on the muddy sections of Nahuina later this year, when new equipment arrives.  Plans include bringing in gravel, redirecting drainage, and building boardwalks.

The upcoming work will be a good chance to "give back" to the trail system that we enjoy and use so frequently.  Please let me know if you are able to help on 20 August. 


Mike G.

Email responses to: mygarcia1@verizon.net 



As mentioned in  an earlier post, DLNR will be cutting a new trail from the lower parking area up to the NC.

Have found out that almost the entire NC area from the base of the mountain  to the stream below was once an Aboretum.  Many of the non-native plants we see on various local trails came from that source.  Attached are some interesting plants you will see along parts of the new trail .

Variant_of_plumeria_1 Interesting_plants_about_midway_thru Cigar_tree Start_of_new_trail Looking_back_at_parking_area

The new Nature Center building is almost done.  Work is beginning on the interior finish, and landscaping soon to follow.  FYI, the old restrooms will be refurbished and made ADA accessible. Handicap parking stalls will be built in front of the restrooms (where our HURT V aid station was this year).

New_nc_bldg Rear_view_of_new_nc_bldg

See you at Volcano Marathon!


Mike G.

Belated Tinman Congratulations!

Congratulations goes out to the following H.U.R.T. runners (apologies to anyone I missed) who took to the water and their bikes this past weekend (in addition to their normal running) and participated in the Tinman triathlon.

Kat Tagaca  2:46.087 (17th in her age group)

Ed Bugarin  2:28.334 (18th in his age group)

Nick Kaiser  2:07.345  (2nd in his age group)

Great job! I think this is only Nick's second triathlon and he is heading to Kona this October after qualifying at Honu earlier this summer. Wow!

Get out there and train!

NA ALA HELE Trail Advisory Board Meeting


Just a few bits of information from tonight's Trail Advisory meeting:

     1.  Due to continued tort damage claims plus at least 15 reported auto break-ins at Manoa Falls, the upper parking lot is permanently closed.  Parking is available at Paradise Park for $5.00 or you may park in the neighborhood below.  Be careful when parking at the NC!

     2.  Summer YCC Program Technicians have worked hard to clear and grade parts of the Manoa Cliffs Trail. HURT will be doing Trail work on the eroded sections above Kalawahine on 20 August.  Details to follow shortly in a separate post.

     3.  The Sierra Club has started transport of gravel onto the Manoa Falls Trail.  We should have a nicely groomed trail for HURT VI!

     4.  DLNR plans to cut a new bipass trail from the new parking area up to NC soon.  The primary reason is safety.  There is a dangerous mix of pedestrians and service vehicles on the narrow entry road.  The new trail will be on the upper side and comes out just above the rock walls where our HURT 100 pre-race is held.  Runners can expect to see lots of interesting plants that remain from an aboretum that once graced the area.


Mike G.

Saturday Training 7-23-05

Aloha Athletes !

Saturday Training 7-23-05 "Hoomaluhia Garden+ part of Maunawili Trail"

Meeting time: 5:50 am

Starting time: 6:00 am

Meeting place: The entrance to Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden at the mauka end of Luluku St. in Kaneohe. Please be quiet, as this is a residential neighborhood. Park on the street.

Training:  Run the Garden, then around the left of the fence, onto the road heading toward (and past)Koolau Golf Course. Take the concrete road up and under Pali Hwy., then down to Maunawili Trail and follow Maunawili Trail to the intersection of Maunawili Falls Trail. Return.

Distance: Approx. 14-15 miles

Duration: 4 to 5 hours (ave.)

Bring: Something to share with the group, fruit, snacks, brownies, etc.


Thanks-Great Weekend of Training

Just wanted to thank everyone who contributed to a great weekend of training. Of course, when I say everyone, I'll probably accidentally leave someone off, my apologies.

First, thanks to Paul Sibley for including me in a run from town (Honolulu) to Kailua Friday night. We had less than ideal conditions--it was raining and foggy as we got to the Pali Highway and Pali Lookout making visibility and footing a bit tough. We both finished the night with course souvenirs--I got to know the Old Pali Highway up close and personal and Paul got his on the lower part of the Maunawili Falls trail. We're already planning our next night adventure.

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Aloha HURTS by Rayna Matsuno

This was submitted by Rayna after her recent visit to Hawaii which included one H.U.R.T. loop. Rayna is running her first 100 mile race this coming weekend, the Vermont 100 mile Endurance Run.

Aloha (“love”) H.U.R.T.s

Previous trips to Hawaii have consisted of indulging in only three things: quality time with my ‘ohana (“family”), the beach, and food. Having recently added ultrarunning to my list of hobbies, I decided it would be lots of fun to join the Hawaii Ultrarunning Team (H.U.R.T.) on one of their Saturday training runs. I made contact with two of its members, Don Fallis and Bob McAllaster, and mentioned my interest in running with the group. Both were very welcoming and friendly, and I could feel the spirit of aloha…until Bob indicated plans to run one loop of the H.U.R.T. 100, a 5-loop course starting at the Hawaii Nature Center in Makiki. Hurt_lowres

Click on photo to enlarge it.

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Kilauea Wilderness Run Cabin Available

If you are planning to participate in the Kilauea Volcano Wilderness Runs and would like to stay at Kiluea Military Camp (KMC), which is located at the start/finish line a one room cabin is available for Friday and Saturday nights (July 29-31).

The cabin sleeps four and will cost $180.00.

Interested parties please contact Edward Bugarin.

cell: 808-779-8613
e-mail: strended@aol.com

Posted by: Edward Bugarin

Saturday Training: 7-16-05

This past Saturday we had a large group show up for the run from the entrance of Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden to Waimanalo and back. Six runners did the full 30 miles and many others did portions of it. The day started off a bit wet with some rain or as only Nick could say "a bit wet under foot."

Saturday Training: 7-16-05 Pali Lookout to Nature Center and back to the Pali Lookout.

We will run down the Pali and old Pali Road to Jackass Ginger in Nuuanu. From here we will go via trails back to the Nature Center. We plan on taking one route to the Nature Center and a slightly different one on the way back to Nuuanu. Return will again be by the Old Pali Road and Pali to the Lookout.

Total Distance: 20 + miles

Meet Time: 5:50 a.m. at the Pali Lookout

Start Time: 6:00 a.m.

Alternative or Shorter Distance Option: 8:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Meet us at the Nature Center Bathroom Area. Run with us back to the Pali Lookout or any of the route back and return to the Nature Center on your own.

Total Time: 6 to 7+ hours.

Remember to bring plenty of fluids (water or sports drink) as it is hot and humid now. Don't forget your electrolytes and whatever nutrition you will need along the way.

Anyone want to volunteer to drop aid at the Nature Center? Please let me know if you are interested in doing this. bobm@org-fitness.com

Aloha, Bob