The High School Hikers Program
of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter

High Scool Hikers Newsletter

Spring/Summer 2001

Since January 1971, an activity section of the Sierra Club, Hawai'i Chapter

 Table of contents

Hawaii Service Trip Program (HSTP)
Ecology Camp
High School Hikers to Celebrate 30th Year
School directory


Do you love Hawai¹i¹s great outdoors and want to help conserve the environment? H.S.T.P. has 4 service trips planned for Summer 2001.

June 21-28: Hawai¹i Volcanoes National Park - Big Island: Jackson Bauer
July 1-8: Kalaupapa National Historic Park - Moloka¹i: John Cummings
July 14-21: Lana¹i Island Scott Rowland
August 18-25: Koke¹e, Kaua¹i Interested? Contact Sherine Boomla at 739-3936.


Through the generous donation of a High School Hiker supporter, two (2) high school students will have the
opportunity to go *FREE* on one of the HSTP Service Trips listed above.


1. Must be a Hawai¹i High School Student
2. If chosen, the student agrees to submit a short article on his/her experience to the HSH Newsletter.
3. Plus HSTP requirements.

Marines host Ecology Camp 2001

Aloha no! To the 24th year of High School Hikers Annual Ecology Camp. This year our great adventure takes us to Marine Corp Base Hawai¹i - Kaneohe (MCBH) on Mokapu Peninsula held February 17, 18 and 19, 2001.

Approximately 100 students from 8 schools, 30 advisors and numerous resource people came together to work, learn and have fun! After checking-in at the H-3 Main Gate and an orientation at the Marine Enlisted Club, our convoy made its way through the streets of Mokapu Peninsula. Here we came upon a blinking red light where we had to cross an active runway!?!

Once we completed the invasion of Hale Koa beach, we settled down to lunch and gathered for our respective study groups. Yours truly was assigned to play host to our Geology Tour led by Curtis Manchester. Our driver, Gordon, is a Wildlife Specialist (?) for the State and a former Kaneohe Marine in DOD. Whom we were lucky to have because our first line of duty was to be debriefed by the Kaneohe DOD at Ulupa¹u Crater.

Then we were off to the green olivine sands below Ulupa¹u Crater. There we hooked up with Dr. Alan Ziegler, a famous Avian (bird) Paleontologist, and his group. Here on the beach were piles of flotsam and jetsam (ocean debre). I felt compelled to clean up, but I did not have a single garbage bag on me. We learned that Ulupa¹u was formed much like Diamond Head, but more eroded. Dr. Ziegler passed out nails and little specimen jars to the members of his group. We helped search for bird bones within the exposed sandy layers of the fossilized cliff. At one point our groups separated."Manny" (Curtis) took us to the farthest head where embedded in the limestone were hundreds of oyster shells. On the way back we found a cowry shell and opihi.

With Dave from DOD we hiked up to our vehicle and drove over to Battery Pennsylvania. Our group hiked amongst the boobie bird filled kiawe trees and man-made nests. Our high school students weren¹t keen about getting bird terd on themselves. Hey! Thats good luck. Hiking up to the top of Battery Pennsylvania we were greeted to an awesome view of the ocean and a bird island sanctuary off shore. We stood around a massive concrete hole about 30 feet across covered over in green fencing. Our marine host described how the guns from the U.S.S. Arizona were placed in this hole to use as a defense against enemy attack. Fortunately, these guns were fired only once, on VJ Day and then dismantled. The power of these guns were so strong it cracked the thick concrete walls three stories down into the battery. The builders of the battery failed to account for the "kick" of the guns on a battle ship as opposed to on land.

As we enjoyed the view of the islet off-shore, Gordon described how the iwa bird would make the boobie birds give up their catch. They do this by "bird bombing" or scaring the booby. Thats why "iwa" means thief. Gordon then took us to Pu'u Hawai'i Loa, known on base as Kansas Hill or Radio Hill. Here we climbed a building with a 360 degree view of all Mokapu and the windward side. TOTALLY AWESOME!

[picure of Geology Study Group atop Battery Pennsylvania]

Next, we headed to Pyramid Rock or Kuau where a large hill of a¹a lava dominated the landscape. We made our way down amongst the summer cottages and along a rocky shoreline where we came to a shelf of eroded coral. Manny passed around a magnifying glass to show us the details of a piece of coral while the rest of us explored the tide pools of baby manini and o'opu.

Back at camp we rushed to prepare for dinner at 3:45pm!?!?! I just had lunch an hour ago. At Mess Hall Andersen, there were lines of men and boys waiting to pick-up their meals. Some things started to run out before we got there. My meatloaf wasn't bad. Poor John. His pork chop was hard! Thats the military on a budget. At least the potato bar and ice cream bar was a big hit.

Afterwards, we strolled over to Boondocker (a theater/hall) where we were entertained by three slide shows. First one by Chuck "Doc" Burrows, our Ecology Camp chair and Hui Lama advisor. Dr. Diane Drigot, our host and main contact at MCB Kaneohe, presented some slides of the base. And Aulani Wilhelm, a former Hui Lama member, showed a beautiful slide show of the Northwest Hawai¹ian Islands.

[picture of olivine beach at Ulupa'u Crater strewn with flotsam and jetsam]

[picture of Na Pohaku 'O Hauwahine group, waist deep in mud, picture of (Natalie Borello?) fish printing ]

In between, John Cummings (Farrington advisor) and Jenga Viernes (Hui Lama graduate) had everyone playing spectator volleyball and making "A" in the singing contest. At camp, we mingled for awhile before lights out. I was asleep at 1 a.m. About 4:30 a.m. a distant roar of an engine started up. 4:48 a.m. That plane took off with a loud roar and boom which rattled all the car alarms on in the parking lot. If that didn¹t wake up the entire camp, I don¹t know what will. I got up and prepped breakfast. About 6:45a.m. the second plane took off. Our sleepy heads slowly emerged from their tents.

It was a nice overcast day when we gathered together for our service project groups. One group stayed on base and the other headed out to Kawai Nui Marsh. I was assigned to the chain-saw gang working along the highway. We hacked, sawed and pulled away piles of haole koa and vines. At one point we paid a visit to the Na Pohaku O Hauwahine group. They were split into small groups of planters, trail builders, stair builders and brush clearing in the marsh. This last group was up to their waist in thick black mud. Anyone want a hug!

Sunday dinner was very quiet with lots of food for everyone. At Boondocker, we were treated to a puppet show by Puppets on the Path. And later a dance and snacks. Back at camp, a bonfire greeted us where we toasted marshmallows and made smores. Because dinner was so early most of our members were hungry for ramen and hot dogs. A couple schools had their own barbecues cooking. Too bad the star gazing was canceled due to clouds. It was nice visiting with new friends, talking story and eating until 2 a.m. Thank God! Brunch wasn't until 10 a.m. We slept until the planes roared out about 7 a.m. Then it was time to pack up, eat brunch, take one last photo and say our sad "goodbyes."

Thank you to Chuck Burrows, Bob Keane, Dr. Diane Drigot, Dick Mills, Pauline Kawamata, Mike NaHo'opi'i, all the advisors and kokua for working so hard on this campout. A special thank you to Farrington advisors: Nylen Takahashi, Darryl Nishimoto and Gilbert Tagaban for staying back at camp the entire weekend! And big mahalos! to Chad Hashimoto (kokua) and Connie Matthews (Leilehua) for helping us with all the packing, loading, unloading, taking down tents and dumping stuff. Especially Chad for watching our truck load of snacks while we ate dinner. I felt so bad! It was a most successful camp. Good job everyone!!!!!

[picture of flock of boobie birds in a kiawe tree]

High School Hikers to Celebrate 30th Year

Thirty years ago during the Spring of 1971, a group of Sierra Club, Hawai¹i Chapter members got together with
a handful of our teachers and advisors to start the program, High School Hikers, as we all know today.
Watch for a special edition newsletter coming in Fall 2001.
A Big Maui Mahalo to Moanalua High School Science Club

The Hawai`i Nature Center in `Ïao Valley, Maui would like to extend a big MAHALO to the Moanalua High
School Science Club. During Spring Break, the students and advisors spent two days working on service projects.

[2 pictures of Moanalua Science Club doing trail work on Maui]

The first project involved blazing a new trail through a grove of coffee trees. This new trail will be incorporated into the Center¹s rainforest nature walk and will be used by visiting tourists and cruise ship passengers.

The second project was a vine eradication project, which included removing passiflora vines from a grove of mämaki trees. Everyone worked really hard and was rewarded at the end of each working day with a cold, refreshing dip in `Ïao Stream.

The students also had the opportunity to visit the Maui Ocean Center, took a train ride on the Sugar Cane Train in Lahaina, drove the winding road to Häna, spent a night in the cabins at Wai`änapanapa State Park, and enjoyed a day at the beach in Kïhei.

Mahalo nui loa to all students: Aja, Tiare, Ashlee, Nicole, Alex, Andy, Anthony, Bubba, James, Jeremy, Ka`eo, and Ray. And an even bigger MAHALO to the hard working advisors and kökua: Erron Yoshioka, Mark Lee, Frank Raymond, and Meredith Okano. You all did a great job



Jason Brennan

Fred Nakaguma

Lillian Yanagawa
Bonnie Fujii
Alicia Rogan
Marc Morinaga
Nicole Tomas
Jamie Tanino
Richard Mills
Sigrid Southworth
Chuck Burrows
Keali'i Pang
Mike NaHoopii
Nathan Nishimura

Sandra Nakagawa
Nylen Takahashi
Gilbert Tagaban
Francis Asis
Adaline Kam
John Cummings
Darryl Mishimoto

Bob Keane
Natalie Borrello
Hugh Ishikawa
Jeanette Ellis
Erron Yoshioka
Mark Lee
Frank Raymond

Clyde Kobashigawa
Glenn Lee

Grace Sherwin
Gerald Toyomura
Maria Ausherman
Vicky Pescaia

Kim Koopman
Hope Mikkelson
Glenn Lee
Jim Wylie

OFFICERS 2000-2002
VICE-PRESIDENT - Richard Mills
SECRETARY - Pauline Kawamata
TREASURER - Hugh Ishikawa
OUTINGS - John Cummings
MEMBERSHIP - Fred Nakaguma
NEWSLETTER - Adaline Kam


HSH Newsletter Info

HSH NEWS is a publication of High School Hikers, an activity section of Sierra Club, Hawai'i Chapter. Published once each fall, winter and spring.
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