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First Race: Moanalua 6 Mile in the HURT Trail Series Saturday March 20

The Big Island Traverse - A hui hou

Our eight year Hawaii sojourn is rapidly coming to a close, with a mainland departure slated for early June 2010. My wife Diane has finished the didactic portion of her PhD and will defend her dissertation on April 23rd. She will then complete a yearlong clinical internship and another year of postdoc work in Newington, CT. I will apply to nurse anesthesia school in 2011 for the 2012 school year. Our time in Hawaii has made this possible. Our lives have been touched deeply by our friends and family here in the islands and I am continually amazed by the warmth and generosity of the Hawaiian and local people. As I reflect on our time here I am amazed; in the last 8 years I have become: a husband; a father twice; an ICU RN; and an ultra-runner. I have made a great many acquaintances and built deep friendships. This has been a productive and extremely rich and rewarding time in our lives.

Having grown up in Washington State and spending eight years in Alaska, I gained a deep love of the mountains and the outdoors in general. I grew up riding BMX and alpine skiing and eventually began rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and telemark skiing. I have been a trail runner since birth, but can only claim a 20 year official history. When we came to Hawaii for Diane's graduate school, I immediately hit the trails. At a local shop I picked up a magazine that advertised the Tantalus Triple Trek, I was intrigued! Until that day trail running was part of how I trained for climbing and for fun. 

On the trails I would occasionally bump into a group of haggard, mud-laden, and very smelly "runners." One day I asked if they were with HURT and the infamous (for something so slippery he can't hold on to it) Don Fallis said "Yes." The rest is history. So, Don I hold you responsible for helping start me on this long strange trip. Thank You! I have met so many others along the way and I thank all of you for your patience, teaching, wisdom and friendship.

John and PJ, Cheryl, The Don, Neal and Marian, Mike and Patricia, Mike Muench, Bob and Barbie, Steve Dewald, Ed Bugarin, Greg Cuadra, Felisha , Joel and Steph, The Huffer, Bob Murphy, Tom Craven, Rex, Bozo, Ernest, Fish, Harald, Larry, Mauricio, Gordon, Huddy, Matt Stevens, Paul Sibley, Ben and BJ Cavasos, Clem, Kat, Nick, Jozef, Richard China, Judy Carluccio, Pete Martinez, Christian Friis, Julie Doheney, Dr. Bill, Eddy Fan, Hoppy, Dave Carlsson, Jim Masterson, Devon and many, many more. To all of you my deepest thanks for sharing the mud, miles, tears, laughs, ups, downs, warm sports drink, and pubic hair laden Vaseline jars. You are friends and you are HURT family. A hui hou.

My Hawaii capstone adventure will be The Big Island Traverse (BIT): an ~ 160 mile, unsupported fastpack on the island of Hawaii. The route will traverse the island from sea-level on the southeastern shore, beginning at Holei Sea Arch; ascend Mauna Loa (13,677 feet) and Mauna Kea (13,796 feet); and eventually descend to sea-level on the northwestern shore, ending at Spencer Beach Park. This will be gnarly and I am currently in one of my most rigorous training cycles to date and having a blast! For more information please visit my blog: 

Diane and I just spent a sweet 3 days on Haleakala with a Sliding Sands descent to Kapalaoa Cabin. I used day #2 as a dry run to test my new gear. The weather could not have been better or worse. Nasty, cold and wet most of the day with high winds and occasional big views. I did a 28 mile tour with an light 18# pack. My route started at Kapalaoa Cabin and descended to Paliku Cabin with a small climbs and a descent to Holua Cabin. I ascended the cliffs and remaining Halemau`u trail and gained the park road and the last 6+ miles to the summit. Another drop down Sliding Sands and a spur trail brought me back to Kapalaoa, a fire and a hot meal. Diane and I rallied out of the crater via Sliding Sands in under 3 hours under full pack weight (25#). What a trip!



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All the best Brian,,,from all of your Hurt buddies.
We will miss your happy face and encouragment.
The best to you both!


Wow Brian !

Reading your wonderful report has left me with the gamut of emotions. Your leaving is a sad moment for all of us. You have really made a lot of lasting friendships. We will remember you as a great friend and super athlete...always with a smile on your face and a positive word. You have an exciting future ahead of you. Now let's talk: Your Big Island Traverse has garnered interest. Surprised? Not ! Are you accepting co-runners to join you? It sonds like an epic event so please tell us more ! Details, details, details ! All the best to you and Diane (and your two kiddos). You will be missed ! Aloha, Don and all your buddies.

Brandon Kapaun

Wow! Your are doing my dream hike! Last July I hiked Mauna Kea from the the ocean using no trails and it was quite an adventure to say the least. I hope you succeed. PS: the bush gets pretty thick up there, so plot carefully on google earth. Aloha, Brandon



Thanks for everything. It was a pleasure to run with you and to get to know you and your family. I wish everyone all the best. I think we will meet up somewhere again, or at least chat via FB, but preferably on the trails.
Don't forget to send us the details about your Big Island trip. That is something that I want to do as well.

Take care, my friend.


Ah, fabulous, Brian!

I have been sitting on my butt for weeks now, writing proposals first for the Hubble Space Telescope and now for the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The deadline for Mauna Kea proposals is right around the corner too. I am getting sooooo tired of this. My only excursion on the trails was a quick dash up to Manoa Falls at dusk yesterday. I need to follow your example and get out of here. I will follow your exploits and hope that the weather will turn friendlier as your Big Island adventure draws closer. I trust you to be back here soon for some communal sliding down muddy trails. Until then: leave us your coordinates on the mainland so that we can stop by whenever travel might bring us close.

It's been great having you around, and I hope we'll see you and your adorable family at the HURT Trail Series before you leave!

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