LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – April 2017

Posted by on Mar 11, 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017 8:00 AM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on April 8th as we hike: La Perouse Bay with a new return via the new “stairway” from the coral beach to the Kings Trail! La Perouse Bay on Maui is located on the southwest corner of the island. It’s an incredibly beautiful location for swimming, snorkeling and hiking in the early hours of the day. The La Perouse Bay was named after the French explorer Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Perouse, who mapped the area in 1786.   According to legend, the bay was once haunted by Huaka I po or the Night Marchers who caused mischief at night.  It is absolutely beautiful — bring your phone/camera! Time: 8:30 am. Please be on time as we’ll leave the parking lot by 8:45. If you are running late, please call or text 870.2564 to let us know. Meet: at Cafe @ La Plage in the Dolphin Plaza (2395 South Kihei Road) LGBTQ owned cafe with amazing coffee, breakfast sandwiches, bagels, sandwiches and paninis! Please come early and enjoy ! Bring: Hat, sunscreen, water/sports drink and a snack. Wear: Hiking shoes or good sneakers (no slippers, etc. — the A’a lava here can be pretty sharp.) Difficulty: 2.5 of 5 Directions to Trail Head: Take Kihei Road (31) going south past Makena State Park.   From there we continue 5 miles through the Ahini-Kinau Natural Area Reserve to La Perouse Bay.   Park where the road ends.  We’ll meet at marked trailhead south side of the parking lot. Length: Our path will take us 2+/- miles each way – total 4+/- miles. We’ll start on the Hoapili Trail (King’s Trail). Then after a mile or so on the King’s Trail we will head toward Lighthouse Point and continue our hike along the ocean. For those of you who hiked this trail with us in the past, you’ll remember that along the way there is a ocean wave fed pool that some hikers enjoyed. We’ll take a break there before hiking down to the coral beach and vibrant salt ponds. This year we will be heading back along a new path through the “lava stairs” and then back to the formal  Kings Trail. This is always one of our most talked about hikes. We should be back at the La Perouse parking area by 12:30pm. As always, please remember that this is a non-sponsored Hike.  All participants accept full responsibility for their safety by choosing to participate in the Hike.  2017 Hiking Schedule: (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!) April 8                 La Perouse Bay Hike May 13                 Waihe’e Ridge Trail June 10                Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike July 8                   Poli Poli Forest Trails August 12            Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then) September 9       Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7       ...

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Rainbow Dine Out April – Three’s Bar & Grill

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017

Tuesday April 18, 2017 6:00 PM Join us on April 18th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group gathers together at Three’s Bar & Grill, 1845 S. Kihei Rd. in Kihei!  (google map) Three’s was closed for several months after a kitchen fire last fall and recently reopened their doors. They are proud to reopen with some enhancements to not only the kitchen and decor but also their menu! This Dine Out is limited to 20 people so RSVP today!   16 signed up so far. Limit: 20. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – May 2017

Posted by on Apr 8, 2017

Saturday May 13, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on May 13th as we hike: Waihe’e Ridge Trail MEET:  We will meet at 8:30am in the parking lot in front of Starbucks at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall. We will carpool from there and leave the parking lot by 8:45 am. Trail length: 4 miles Difficulty: Moderate = 3.5/4 of 5 Elevation: 1563 foot gain (1000 to 2563) Bring: Water and a snack! We’ll rest at the top before returning back down the path. Rain jacket — just in case! ACCESS: From Kahekili Highway (34), turn up the Maluhia Road leading 0.9 mile Mauka to just before Camp Maluhia. A sign on a fence marks the beginning of the trail, which follows a series of right-of-way markers through the pasture before entering the forest. ROUTE: This trail climbs the windward slope of West Maui 2.5 miles to a peak overlooking Wailuku. It begins just below the Boy Scout’s Camp Maluhia in the pasture and climbs through a brushy guava thicket, a young planted stand of trees and finally into wet native scrub forest. As one progresses up the ridge the view continually changes. First one looks down on the Boy Scout Camp, then into Waihe’e gorge with its dark verdant cliffs, then north into Makamakaole Gulch, and finally at the top one can see Wailuku and central Maui, to the north the Kahakuloa slopes and directly inland Mount Eke can be seen high in the clouds. The trail is well marked and in good condition although somewhat steep at times. It climbs from 1,000 feet to 2,563 feet in elevation. Boots or good sneakers are recommended for protection and traction. The weather while sometimes beautifully clear is usually overcast at the summit with frequent passing showers. Trade winds blowing inland usually keep the area cool. Although the area is damp there is no drinking water along the trail. Be sure to bring your own supply. There are no facilities along this trail as it was designed for natural environment day use. Our 2017 Hiking Schedule (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!): June 10 Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream Hike July 8 Poli Poli Forest Trails August 12 Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then) September 9 Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7 Special Pride Hike: tba October 14 Waihou Springs November 11 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike December 9 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike ike NOTE: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike. We hope to see you Hiking! Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – June 2017

Posted by on May 30, 2017

Saturday June 10, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on June 10 as we hike Oluwalu Cultural Reserve Stream. Check back for hike details to be posted soon! Our 2017 Hiking Schedule (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!): July 8 Poli Poli Forest Trails August 12 Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then) September 9 Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7 Special Pride Hike: tba October 14 Waihou Springs November 11 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike December 9 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike ike NOTE: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike. We hope to see you Hiking! Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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Rainbow Dine Out June – Watercress

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Tuesday June 20, 2017 6:00 PM Join us on June 20th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group gathers together at Watercress Sports Bar & Grill, 270 Waiehu Beach Road in Wailuku!  (google map) Watercress says they can accommodate more of us than our usual Dine Out locations but they do have limits so RSVP today while space is still available!   22 signed up so far. Limit: 50. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – July 2017

Posted by on Jun 19, 2017

Saturday July 8, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on July 8th as we hike: The Polipoli State Recreation Area: Redwood, Plum and Haleakala Loop Trails Meet at 8:30 am to carpool from the Starbucks Parking Lot (by old Lowe’s) If you have an SUV or 4WD, please bring it along to help carpool! We will leave the parking lot by 8:45 am. If upcountry folks want to meet us along the way, we will stop at Rice Park at 9:15am on the way and meet you there. We will plan to leave the park by 9:30. Please email to let us know if you plan to meet us there. Trail Length: 4+/- miles. Difficulty: Moderate (3.5 of 5) Terrain: Mountain forest Elevation Gain: 300 ft Park Name: Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area Time: We should complete this hike around 1pm. Route: Trail starts at Polipoli Springs State Recreation Area at 6,200` elevation, winds through stands of redwood and other conifers, past Tie Trail junction and down to the old ranger`s cabin at 5,300`. The trail passes alternatively through rough cinders, native scrub brush, grassy swales and a planted forest of pines, eucalyptus and other tree species. At the trail`s end is the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp and a three-way junction, the beginning point for both the Plum Trail and the Boundary Trail. Several plum and other fruit trees can be found in this old camp area. Directions: From Kahului, we will take Highway 37 past Pukalani to the second junction of Highway 377. Turn left on 377 for about 0.3 mile, then right on Waipoli Road. This becomes Polipoli Access Road at the first cattle guard and climbs up the mountain through a long series of switchbacks until it enters the forest at 6,400’ elevation, where the pavement ends. This is a non-sponsored hike. Each hiker accepts full responsibility for their safety. If separated call our cell: 870.2564. Our 2017 Hiking Schedule (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!): August 12 Iao Table Lands Trail (if reopened by then) September 9 Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7 Special Pride Hike: tba October 14 Waihou Springs November 11 Kahakuloa Ridge Hike December 9 Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike ike NOTE: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike. We hope to see you Hiking! Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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Rainbow Dine-Out Frida’s Mexican Beach House

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017

Tuesday July 18, 2017 6:30 PM Join us on July 18th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group heads to the west side for a fantastic fiesta at Frida’s Mexican Beach House in Lahaina! (google map) If you haven’t yet been to Frida’s you’re in for a treat. This is the place on Maui for authentic and eclectic Mexican food along with some great Central and South American inspired dishes, and if you’re a fan of tequila, Frida’s offers more than 40 varieties to choose from. For those interested in sharing a ride we’ll have a car pool from the parking lot at the intersection of North Kihei Rd. and Honoapi’ilani Highway in Maalaea. Those wanting to share the ride should be at the parking lot by 5:45pm to leave by 6pm. This Dine Out is limited to 15 people so RSVP today! 14 signed up so far. Limit: 15. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – August 2017

Posted by on Aug 6, 2017

Saturday August 12, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us on July 8th as we hike: Iao Valley Table Lands Trail Hike (just reopened!) DATE:       08.12.17 TIME:       8:30am. Meet at the Queen Kaahumanu Mall Starbucks in Kahului. We will leave the parking lot  by 8:45 am Trail Length:          3.5-4 +/- miles. Difficulty:                Moderate+ (3.5 of 5) Time:                         We should complete the Hike by 12:30pm Terrain:                    Mountain forest Parking:                   $5 w/o HI State ID Elevation Gain:     971 ft Park Name:            Iao Valley About Iao Valley:  Entering Iao (ee-ow) Valley, is nothing less than mystical. The lush green covered peaks often surrounded by clouds and mist offer a surreal backdrop to the giant leaves of the tropical flora. Beginning as a violent eruption of molten rock and burning gasses spewing from the Pacific Ocean to sculpt a mountain where none had been. Only to have the quick cooling layers eroded back to the sea, leaving behind the dikes we now see cloaked in vegetation.  Aside from its natural tropical beautiful, sacred Iao Valley has great historical significance. It was here in 1790 at the Battle of Kepaniwai that King Kamehameha I clashed with Maui’s army in his quest to unite the islands. Even with Iao Needle serving as a lookout point, Kamehameha defeated Maui’s forces in a ferocious battle that ultimately changed the course of Hawaiian history. The Tableland Trail is steep and, at times, muddy . The journey consists of one spectacular view after another and the 360 degree view from the end of the trail is the most spectacular of all. 2017 Hiking Schedule: (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!) September 9       Kapalua Coastal Trail October 7             Haleamau’u Trail (The Switch Backs from 8000′ on Haleakala – down to crater floor and then back up). October 14          Waihou Springs November 11       Kahakuloa Ridge Hike December 9         Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike We hope to see you Hiking! NOTE: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike. Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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Rainbow Dine-Out Stewz Maui Burgers

Posted by on Aug 8, 2017

Tuesday August 15, 2017 6:30 PM Join us on August 15th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group heads back to Stewz Maui Burgers in Kihei! (google map) Stewz serves up some seriously ‘ono (delicious) burgers using local Maui farm-sourced ingredients. Check out their menu and find the perfect gourmet burger for you! We’ll meet up at Stewz on Tuesday evening, 8/15, at 6:30pm. If we get 30 or more people we can reserve their private room so RSVP today! 23 signed up so far. Limit: 30. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – September 2017

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

Saturday September 9, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- We hope you will be able to join us for our upcoming Kapalua Coastal Trail Hike. It is a “walking” hike with amazing ocean and resort views. Perfect for everyone! Date: Saturday, September 9th Time: 8:30 am Meet: We will plan to meet at the Kihei Turn Off Parking area at the Intersection of North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway and carpool from there. (We will leave the Parking area by 8:45.) If you plan to meet us in Kapalua, meet us at the parking area just below the Ritz. We will park at the Bay Villas beach access parking lot. We should get there by 9:30/9:45. If the lower lot is full there is parking just up the road at the shops. About the Kapalua Coastal Trail: At the ocean’s edge throughout Kapalua Resort, the Coastal Trail runs north from award-winning Kapalua Bay Beach, across the sand dunes at picturesque Oneloa Bay, through The Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua’s scenic grounds to popular D.T. Fleming Beach Park. When completed, the 3.5-mile trail will reach historic Honolua Bay, where the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a began its maiden voyage to Tahiti, launching the Hawaiian cultural renaissance in spring 1976, and where surfers all over the world come over to enjoy its winter swell. At the 1/2 way point we will have the opportunity to take a swim in the beautiful Kapalua Bay – a pristine protected bay – it is beautiful! Bring a towel! Length: 3.5+/- miles Hiking Time: 2.5 hours Difficulty Level: 2 of 5 Elevation Gain: 20+/- ft Parking: Yes Security: No Bring: Sunscreen + a Hat (read: sunny!) and maybe poncho/jacket in case of rain. Water/Sports Drinks & Snack!! Wear: Hiking boots or good sneakers (slippers not recommended) 2017 Hiking Schedule: (This calendar may change as we find new adventures!) October 7             Haleamau’u Trail (The Switch Backs from 8000′ on Haleakala – down to crater floor and then back up). October 14          Waihou Springs November 11       Kahakuloa Ridge Hike December 9         Waihe’e Coastal Land Trust Hike We hope to see you Hiking! NOTE: This is an unsponsored hike. Each hiker accepts responsibility for their own safety by participating in the hike. Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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Rainbow Dine-Out Pint and Cork

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017

Tuesday September 19, 2017 6:30 PM Join us on September 19th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group checks out a place we’ve never been to before,  The Pint & Cork located in The Shops at Wailea. (google map) The Pint & Cork proclaims to be a great place to experience custom cocktails, local unique craft beers and killer kitchen creations while catching your favorite team, favorite sport and favorite people in a friendly environment. Click here to check out their menu. This Dine Out is limited to 25 people so get your RSVP in today while space is still available. 23 signed up so far. Limit: 25. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – October 2017

Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Saturday October 7, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- Please join us on Saturday (October 7th), for our special MAUI PRIDE HIKE to the PALI KAHEAWA WIND TURBINES – One of our favorites! Please meet at 8:30am at the Kihei Parking turn off area at the corner of North Kihei Road and Honoapiilani Highway (HW 30). We will leave some cars at the Maalaea side of the hike (where we will finish) then carpool to the Ukumehame trail head (just past the Lahaina end of the Pali Tunnel). It looks like another great day. We hope you can join us! DETAILS: Date: Saturday, October 7th Meeting Time: 8:30 am We will leave the parking area at 8:45 am. Text or call if you are running late (870.2564) Length: 5 miles Hiking Time: 3.5 hours Difficulty Level: 3.75/4 of 5 Elevation Gain: 160o+/- ft Parking: Yes Security: No Bring: Sunscreen (for sure!) + Dress for the heat + a definitely wear a Hat (if there is no cloud cover you’ll need it) Extra Water (2-3 bottles recommended)/Sports Drinks & Snack!! Wear: Hiking boots or good sneakers (slippers not recommended for this hike) Let’s take on The Pali Trail! This is a rugged and strenuous 5-mile trail from Ukumehame to Maalaea. We will have a 1600 ft.elevation gain at the top of the ridge at the 2.5 mile mark, then descend back toward sea level for another 2.5 miles. The Lahaina Pali Trail is rocky, and the uphill portions can be strenuous and slow-going. It will take a person in good physical condition 3-3.5 hours including several short stops; 4+ Hours if you are in a lesser state of conditioning or plan on taking longer breaks. It’ll be a significant hike – but well worth it! The views are Awesome! ABOUT THIS HIKE: The trail from either direction winds up steep rocky hills to the Kealaloloa Ridge – a feature you can easily spot from much of Maui because this is where the gigantic wind turbines for Kaheawa wind farm are found. The trail crosses directly through the middle of the wind farm. The Kaheawa Wind Farm consists of twenty 1.5 Megawatt GE turbines for a total output of 30 Megawatts. It is owned and operated by UPC Wind Management & Makani Nui Associates, and provides power for Maui Electric Company (MECO). The trail was hand-built in the 1800′s for horseback and foot travel between Wailuku and Lahaina. You may see native birds such as Nene and Pueo. There are many historical features. The entire trail is though an area of very low rainfall. Most years, significant storms periodically bring just enough rain so that the parched hillsides temporarily explode with tall, green grasses. But when storms decrease in frequency, the grasses become brown, and very, very dry. This is also an area with reliably steady and strong...

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LGBT & Friends Hiking Group – October 14 2017

Posted by on Oct 10, 2017

Saturday October 14, 2017 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM Aloha Maui Hikers- Please join us on Saturday (October 14th) for our Waihou Springs Hike. Waihou Springs is an experimental forest of pines that was planted by the USGS and Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife planted in the 1920s. The Trail follows the Waihou Springs Forest Reserve tree plantation road and descends southward to the Waihou Springs gulch below. Monterey cypress and eucalyptus trees can be seen, as well as the native tree species `ala`a, halapepe, and koa. The boulder-strewn gulch bottom marks the end of the trail. Looking up from the gulch, hikers can see a series of small water-diversion tunnels cut into the side of the rock face. Directions: From Airport in Kahului, turn right on Hana Highway (Hwy. 36) and continue driving north until the next intersection, where you will turn right onto Haleakala Highway (Hwy. 37) up toward Haleakala. Turn left on Makawao Avenue (Hwy. 365). Once in Makawao, turn right on Olinda Road. Continue all the way up winding skinny road till you see the bird sanctuary (Olinda Endangered Species Propagation facility) on your left, then you will enter the redwood forests and keep an eye right for the pullover spot and trail. Parking is available on the right before the Forest Reserve gate. Meeting Time: 8:30 am Starbucks by old Lowes at Maui Marketplace Mall We will leave the parking area at 8:45 am. Text or call if you are running late (870.2564) Length: 3.5+/- miles Hiking Time: 3 hours Difficulty Level: 3.25 of 5 Elevation Gain: 200+/- ft Parking: Yes Security: No Bring: Sunscreen + a Hat (read: sunny!) and maybe poncho/jacket in case of rain Water/Sports Drinks & Snack!! Wear: Hiking boots or good sneakers (slippers not recommended) Remember: This is a non-sponsored hike. By choosing to participate, all hikers accept responsibility for their own safety. —————————————————————————————— OUR REMAINING HIKES FOR 2017 November 11th = Halemau’u (The Switchbacks @ 8000′ elevation on Haleakala) December 9th = Waihe’e Coastal Trail (and our Holiday Lunch at Fat Chicks) Event date is past Event Types: Maui LGBT & Friends Hiking...

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Rainbow Dine-Out Nutcharee’s

Posted by on Aug 26, 2017

Tuesday October 17, 2017 6:30 PM Join us on Octoberber 17th as our Rainbow Dine-Out group returns to Nutcharee’s Authentic Thai Food in Kihei. (google map) Click here to check out their menu. This is a small venue and therefore this Dine Out is limited to 15 people so get your RSVP in today while space is still available. 15 signed up so far. Limit: 15. Event date is past Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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2017 Holiday Toy Drive Rainbow Dine-Out Event

Posted by on Oct 22, 2017

Tuesday December 5, 2017 6:30 PM Aloha – Maui! On Tuesday, December 5th is our Annual Holiday Toy Drive Rainbow Dine-Out Event Join us as we celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community of Maui in the holiday season.  There is no cost to register but we ask that you bring an unwrapped toy to donate to any age child.  This year we’re working with Maui United Way and their 39 partner agencies to ensure every child in need has a present for the Holidays! WHAT: Holiday Toy Drive Rainbow Dine-Out Event WHERE: Seascape Restaurant, 192 Maalaea Rd, Wailuku, HI 96793 (Maui Ocean Center) DATE: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017 TIME: 6:30PM – 9:00 PM https://www.facebook.com/events/125059284910076/ 77 signed up so far. Limit: 150. RSVP Now! Event Types: Rainbow Dine-Out...

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