Saturday, November 24, 2018

Makapu’u Weather Station

Please support getting a weather station at Makapu'u -- and get FREE WIND INFO while you wait!

View of Makapuu area from aboveFor some of us, it’s kind of a long drive to either Kahana or Makapuu, and it can be hard to know when and which way to go. Is anybody there?  Are they too busy flying to post conditions?  Should we just start calling the usual suspects to ask how it is?  Should we ditch this baby luau early, or stay and maintain our other relationships?  Or just take a leap of faith and maybe end up spending 2 hours driving and who knows how many additional hours parawaiting (which can be fun except when no one else is there).

Friday, September 21, 2018

Big Halloween Party and club meeting at Fort Gravity

Saturday Oct 27th, 2018 we will be hosting a paragliding club costume party at Fort Gravity. Costumes are required for admission. Prizes for the best costume include round trip airfare for two to Maui. This will be an official Hawaii Paragliding Association meeting starting at 6:00 pm, with the party and BBQ afterwards. Anyone caught after 2:00 am turns into a pumpkin...! Fort Gravity is located at 660 Palawiki Street, in Kailua.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Paragliding Wedding Party Aug. 20th at 5:00 pm at Makapuu LZ

Big Nick our beloved Rat Race volunteer driver since 2010 is getting hitched at Makapuu little beach today at 5:00. Nick is an avid paraglider pilot and tireless volunteer from Portland, Oregon that I have had the sincere pleasure of working with at the Rat Race for over 7 years. We actually do fly, and Nick and Lyla have been our volunteer buddies at the Rat Race.

Nick has been flying all week and scored his best flight ever in Hawaii this week. Lyla has scored some amazing beach time...

Lyla is his amazing other half, and she supports Nick's habit of volunteering and flying every year. So, as is tradition in the paragliding world, we honor our better support staff and beg them to marry us. Well lucky for Nick, Lyla said "Yes".

Saturday, July 28, 2018


While yesterday's full moon LZ party didn't draw much interest from our Oahu pilots, a good number of visitors from Maui made up for it. There were probably a dozen or more people out there for some lunar powered fun. The wind direction was perfect and the wind speed was stiff, but it wasn't too strong for some fun flying. I do apologize for these photos, they were shot in near total darkness on my iPhone.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Auckland: There and Back Again

Amelia had been begging us to send her to Auckland this summer to visit her local friends there on their winter break. She'd met them when they visited her school last year on an exchange trip. It seemed like a great plan, although it sounded like she'd need some logistical support from a parent with a flexible schedule. Which would be me. Of course I've always wanted to go to New Zealand, but I had never thought of Auckland, and certainly not in the dead of their cold rainy winter. Or when we are having such a perfectly flyable summer at home. So I really dragged my feet on booking this trip.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The Moonbeam (Mahina Pa'ina) Friday July 27, 2018

Calling all flyers! On Friday July 27 at 5 p.m. we are having a full moon flying get together at the Makapuu LZ. Fly until the moon comes up, then wind down at the LZ under the moonlit skies. It was a tradition in the old days, so why not bring it back? Of course the flying is weather dependent, but someone will always fly. Bring a flashlight, a cooler, an appetizer, your wife or girlfriend (maybe both), the dog, a chair and most importantly your glider. With light winds and clear skies, it is magic. See you there!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Clouds Will Open Wide

While our local heroes were racing, sprinting, learning and volunteering at the paragliding nationals in far off Oregon, the humble home crew scored eight straight days of cross country flying from Kahana, in a wide variety of challenging and fun conditions, from super strong to super light, from trade winds to southeast sea breezes, from long leisurely loops to mad dashes away from rain squalls. Thanks to the heroes: we probably owe this great stretch of weather to your sacrifice. And thanks to all our home front participants and retrieve drivers! We landed in almost every possible spot we know!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Wings of Summer

When the winds start to pulse more gently and the sun rises up from the horizon beaming its  cloudless rays into Makapuu Bay.....then maybe summer is truly on its way. On Monday, King Kamehameha Day, which is a day off for most, my phone went off early with a call from Reece. She was finishing her morning beach walk and told me that the wind feels good and the numbers seem like a Makapuu morning. I had a few reports needing to be completed but decided I needed some air time too.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Unforgiving of Human Error

The saying goes, “aviation in general isn’t inherently dangerous — it’s just absolutely unforgiving of human error.” For the past six weeks I’ve been trying to get up the courage to give a debrief of my paragliding accident at Makapu’u in which I shattered my calcaneus (heel bone) and broke a vertebra in my neck. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that my pride was keeping me from sharing my experience with others.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Meeting and Party, Saturday May 19, at Kahana

Mark your calendars! All local and visiting pilots and friends are invited to join us for our much delayed first meeting and party of the year, on Saturday, May 19, starting at 6:00 PM. Update: this event will be at the Kahana landing zone. We have reserved two camping spots for the evening, numbers 1 and 2. Feel free to bring a tent and plan on camping. Or maybe arrange some designated drivers for carpooling! As usual this is a potluck, so feel free to bring something to share, including your favorite beverage. Looking forward to seeing everyone!