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Saturday Training 5-28-11: Mango Madness Practice Loop

Aloha Athletes,

We are going to be heading to the Makiki-Tantalus trail system this week. With the Mango Madness race coming up, it is time to get in a practice loop.

Meet at the pumping station (also the start for Mango Madness), at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday. This is right near the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive. 

Runners should plan on a good 2 hours of running and have water and nutrition for themselves.

Aloha, Bob

Reflections on the Past Weeks

I believe we have seen something remarkable during the last two weeks. Others unfamiliar with the circumstances might just have expected it as matter or course, or feel entitled to critique events with no knowledge of the facts or without making any relevant contribution to aid in ending this tragic situation. But it is something we of this community understand. It is a deep, primal, gut wrenching feeling, a knowledge that a careless mistake, or just a misplaced foot fall, can put us at great risk too. We begin each venture with this knowledge at our side and forget it travels with us at our own peril. It is what makes us different. 

What I think is the most remarkable fact of this entire tragedy is that the victim was basically little known to the trail community. He had run a trail series race, had done a few practice hikes and then had gone out that morning to Peacocks. Whatever his past, he was a Hawaii trail newbie in the most basic of ways. 

I was not there, but I have been there before and I have gone with newbies, I know what the old crowd says to them. I'm sure that the phrase 'Just stick with us and you will be OK.' in some form or another was uttered. I'm sure there was conversation before the start concerning trail conditions, and how long they would be out and how far they would go. I'm sure water, electrolytes and nutrition were discussed. You stand down at the parking lot and look up and you have to know this is going to be a steep and at times possibly dangerous hike. At the same time, some people take their kids up the Kealia trail. It is a paradoxical experience. We go farther than most, and do it faster, but the rules are the same as with most places in Hawaii, staying on the trail is of paramount importance and personal responsibility is the key component of any hike. 

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Gathering of Aloha

Are's parents and family have requested that all volunteers involved in the search and recovery of their son meet at the parking area behind Dillingham Air Tower at Noon on Sunday. They would like to thank everyone at this time and it will give all of us some time for closure. 


Keeping Minimalism to a Minimum

It was back in the 1930's I believe, when an ad man came upon a great idea to promote his product. He got a crowd of women together and handed out his product and got them to walk down 5th Avenue in New York City while using it. He took pictures of it, got some newspaper friends to call it a March, and to hype the use of the product as support for a Movement. In a few years vast numbers of women used the product to show their association with and support for the public Movement. 

The product was cigarettes, the industry was tobacco. Women's rights was the movement. There never was a link between smoking and support for the women's movement. It was just a marketing ploy that paid great dividends to the tobacco industry and shortened the lives of millions of women. 

In today's world of increasing costs many manufacturers are facing the need to raise prices. Some production costs are making previously used products prohibitively expensive to the average user. The obvious alternative is to trim down the product, and sell less for the same price as the former 'more' product. Of course users are likely to see this and bridle against the reduction in what they have come to expect. In some cases, manufacturers have looked back in history and come across old methodologies for overcoming such resistance. They have come up with the old ploy of branding their products in a way that associates them with a growing movement and makes use of their new products seem edgy and advanced. 

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New Web Site for Are Hjorungnes

Are's friends have set up the following web site to aid in the search for him.


This site contains a detailed map we have shared with them on the route and locations leading up to when Are went missing. The search is continuing as I write this. 

We have made contact with a pig hunters group and they will be assisting in the search going forward. They are currently getting the word out to their members. 

Aloha, Bob

Wednesday Update for Missing Are

Aloha Athletes,

As of 7:00 a.m. this morning we have 14 volunteers getting ready to begin searching for Are. This includes search and rescue members of the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club. Search and Rescue Hawaii, a professionally trained all volunteer group of dogs and their handlers are also taking part in today's search. 

We are further looking into contacting various hunting groups and asking for their support. 

We have been in contact with some of Are's friends and close family friends in Norway since yesterday morning. Are's parents, sister and close family friend will be coming to Hawaii as well. Through this communication we have learned more about Are and his experience and abilities. We have shared information regarding the search and possible areas to look back and forth. 

Are's friends are also setting up a web site and we will provide the link to that site as soon as it is ready. 

Please keep praying for a miracle and know we are doing the best we can in continuing this search. 



Update on Search for Are Hjorungnes

Aloha Athletes,

This is hard to write this however I want all of you to know what has been going on the last few days. 

As many of you by now know, Are was out running with us on Saturday up at Peacock Flats. We left to head up Kealia Trail and wanted to get in a good run on the trails or jeep roads up there. Are had participated in the Run with a View the week before. He is supposedly an experienced runner though new to running with our group. His friends have said he had an orienteering background. Orienteering typically involves using a map and compass to navigate across the land including going off-trail to get from point A to B and is popular in Europe.

Everything was going fine and after stopping to get water, Are and another runner left from Kuaokala Road, close to where the Kuaokala Trail intersects it, to head back over to the Kealia Road and head back to their cars at the base of Kealia Trail. Are and this other runner somehow got separated and Are never made it back to the parking lot below. There were other day hikers out there on the trail and they have stated they only saw one runner heading down Kealia Road. 

Once this happened at some point HFD was contacted on Saturday afternoon and a search was started. This ended Saturday at darkness and a larger search took place on Sunday. This search included HFD Search and Rescue (SAR), the HFD helicopter and 15-20 HURT runners. All of the main roads were searched at least twice on Sunday with some even getting three searches. There was some off trail search done as well in an area that he could have tried to traverse. Again this search ended at dusk on Sunday.

Today, HFD SAR, HPD K9, SSD and SAR all participated as well as a few other HURT runners, some of Are's friends and Cheryl and myself. Cheryl has been extremely valuable to the search teams due to her extensive knowledge of the area and based on her knowledge of what took place on Saturday. We both have been impressed with the coordination, dedication and just hard effort the search teams have been doing. At the end of the day, everyone, including the K9's were very tired. Unfortunately we have just come up empty and found no sign of Are.

Emotionally this is tough on all of us. Every person who has been up there from the HFD to the various HPD members and just people in general familiar with the area just can't figure out why anyone would leave the wide, for the most part, well maintained jeep trails to head off track or cross-country. Now we all know this is something pig hunters do regularly but if you were disorientated or lost, why do that?

We just don't have an answer for that. 

I want to take this time to thank all of you who have helped out. There have been so many and you know who you are. I also know people have been praying for Are to be found safe. This too is greatly appreciated. 

Cheryl is planning on returning on Tuesday. HFD SAR will be back up about 9 a.m. I have not decided if I will be able to do that or not. At this point, others going up to help may or may not be a good idea. The areas left to be searched are all off trail. We were also told more people just adds more scents that can confuse the dogs. It is a tough call at this point. 

I think that is all I have to say at this point. 

Aloha, Bob

Maui 12-Hour

Hi everyone, I was asked to forward this.
Saturday May 21st is the 3rd or 4th annual 12 hours of Makawao forest. I forgot which # it is. Basically we'll be doing loops on the East/West trail approx 6 miles either mountain biking, running or hiking.
There will be a handfull that will be doing the full 12 hours the majority will just do a loop or 2 or 3 or more. Alternate between biking, running and hiking. Bring your pets and kids. We'll be starting at 0700 hrs at the gravel parking lot at kahakapau road near the trail head. You can use your vehicle in the lot as your aidstation need to bring your nutritional requirements. Bring what ever you need the weather can change up there and can be wet and chilly. Again this is UNOFFICIAL,NO RULES NO FEES JUST GOOD FUN WORK OUT!
So show up whenever and join us on the trail. After the event, 1900 hrs we will be going to the stopwatch in Makawao for food, beverages,warstories and camaraderie.
Makawao forest is located about 1.5 miles on Piiholo road across from east maui watershed partnership. follow the windy road to Kahakapu road take a right all the way to the gravel parking lot(end of the road)
See you in the forest
Happy trails

Bram DenHaan 
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Cell 808-280-4893

Saturday Training 5-14-11: Peacock (and Maunawili on Sunday)

Aloha Athletes,

A couple of options this weekend. Saturday, we are heading back up to Peacock Flats. Meet behind Dillingham Air Tower at 6:30 a.m. for a day of training in the hills. The weather is supposed to clear by this weekend and it has been getting warmer so don't forget your electrolytes.

On Sunday, Cheryl is planning a 6:00 a.m. departure from the Pali Lookout heading out towards Waimanalo on the Maunawili trail. 

We have a special guest runner coming to town. Some people already know who this is. I will give a few clues. He has run a pretty fast HURT 100 though he was not able to run this past year. He comes from the land of hockey, maple syrup, and geese. 

Hope to see you out on the trails!

Aloha, Bob