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American Disabilities Act - Trail Head Compliance

Aloha Runners,

Just a few quick notes...

A.  Beginning May 22, 2006 the Kanealole and Maunalaha trailhead access will be closed.  Construction work for ADA compliance will be ongoing for a minimum of 4-5 months (weather permitting). 

This means:

     1.  The small concrete bridge (HURT 100 Start) will be closed off for renovation.

     2.  Old restrooms will be closed for renovation and installation of a new leaching field.  Handicap parking will be constructed.  Some of the large trees near the restrooms will be removed.

     3.  Runners/hikers can access the trail through the bamboo thicket just below and to the right of the new Nature Center building.  Aaron has already cut a new trail and signs will be posted.  Be prepared to cross the stream.

     4.  Porta-potties will be available in the lower parking area.

If the bridge and restrooms are not reopened we may have to make some modifications to the Start/Finish for HURT VII.  The new Nature Center structure now has electrical power, but NC will not be able to get a C.O. (Certificate of Occupancy) from the City until the ADA work has been completed and accepted.  Their staff is requesting a temporary C.O.


B.  DLNR and the Manoa community will hold a meeting on 18 May to discuss increasing pig hunting days and NIGHTS on the Makiki trail system.  As a side note, total reported pig catch for April totaled 20 animals.  One hunter caught 9 pigs.  Biggest pigs trapped were in Foster Village and Manoa (135# each!).


C.  Aaron Lowe of DLNR has lost his assistant Jason Misaki to the Oahu Wildlife program.  At this time, only Aaron and a small prisoner workforce maintain the entire trail system for Oahu - quite a task!  When you see him out there, please stop and say "Mahalo."  Your volunteer assistance would be greatly appreciated.

A hui ho!



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Mike Garcia

Hi Bob,
I asked the same question, but it was confirmed that the location was indeed, Foster Village. Was amazed that one hunter alone caught 9 pigs somewhere on the island.
The meetings for the Trail Advisory Board are very informative and open to the public. Please join us for the next one in a few months.

Mike Garcia

Hi Bob,
It's hard to imagine a pig that size in Foster Village, but apparently they are a real problem everywhere on the island.
The reports come directly from Pascual, the representative from the Pig Hunters Association.
Yikes... saw a 103# pig Friday and it was pretty big... imagine a larger one rooting in your backyard!

Bob McAllaster

Mike, Thanks for this update. Good info to know. Hopefully the work gets done on time. 135lb pig in Foster Village?? Is that correct? Foster Village is by Radford High School and a long ways from the mountains.

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