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).
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!