Thursday, November 16, 2017

Minutes of the 2017 Year End Meeting

Ok sorry, this post was so long in the making, but alot happened at this meeting.  I just wished I didn't blink, cuz I missed it.
Great thanks to Mr. Dave Goto and his extremely much better half Tori Goto for allowing this group of flawed individuals to meet at their home. 100 thanks to Doris for allowing us all to crash her Birthday party.
Oahu Free Flighters may differ in the air but tonite HG pilots & PG pilots left their wings at the door and partied till the Iwa Birds Sang......by the way Iwa birds don't sing we found out.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Broken Wing

Our buddy Gary, aka Gaza, just took a spill at work today when an un-nailed floor joist slipped beneath him and he had the unfortunate fall into a beam 3' below. Three broken ribs is no joke, and don't make him laugh for at least 3 months. Who said paragliding is dangerous? Work is dangerous. Gary, Laurel, and Eli are all working real hard raising Bean, building a home and preparing for winter. And with another sprout on the way it turns up the heat even more. Laurel and Gaza have always stepped up and helped everyone else whenever they could, and I figure a little payback goes a long way so I started a GofundMe page to help them out.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Year-end Meeting, Election, Party: Sat. Nov. 11

Update: venue will now be Dave Goto's house near Olomana in Kailua. Details below.

All local and visiting pilots and friends are invited to our final meeting and party of the year. This is the last meeting of the year where we renew our membership and elect a team to manage club business for the next year. Stay tuned for agenda items to be posted here. Dave Goto is generously hosting the event at his house in Kailua, in concert with the annual hang glider club meeting and party, and also Tim's mom's 100th birthday party. Please bring a dish to share, and your favorite refreshment, and don't forget your $20 dues for next year!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Percolation

I usually get up, grind some beans and let the morning start off with a percolation of coffee. But there was a rumor going around last night about a morning mission, well, at 6:00 am I got the text.  Master Jorge sent out his eta for Makapuu 6:25ish.  No time to grind, I headed out to Makapuu.

Jorge had to suffer through the bike race traffic We launched from crazies just around 7:00 am. missing the sunrise.  I think this was my first dawn patrol at Makapuu, it was magic.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Le Road Trip!

I was struggling to get high in the serpentine thermals above the grassy pasture on the launch ridge. Some local pilots were drifting and climbing well over the back, but I was playing it safer on the front side. Then I heard Jon’s voice on the radio: this is high enough, guys, let’s go explore! And sure enough he turned and headed straight for the high snowy crags at the back of the launch valley. Pete aimed that way too. Somehow I didn’t realize that was actually our plan but I guess I was going along!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Double Vision

Feeling down and dirty, feeling kinda mean
I've been from one to another extreme
It's time I had a good time, ain't got time to wait
I wanna stick around till I can't see straight

Fill my eyes with that double vision
No disguise for that double vision
Ooh, when it gets through to me, it's always new to me
My double vision gets the best of me

Never do more than I, I really need
My mind is racing, but my body's in the lead
Tonight's the night, I'm gonna push it to the limit
I live all of my years in a single minute

Monday, July 17, 2017

Meeting and Party, Sunday July 23, at my house!

Please join us for a meeting and potluck at the Punaluu ranch. Possibly after a nice day of flying next door at Kahana. USHPA executive director Martin Palmaz happens to be in town and is excited to meet with us. Our last meeting got rained out, so we've rescheduled this one for next weekend to take advantage of Martin's visit. Although instead of a rain check, this time we might need a hurricane check! Cross your fingers, or whatever else you can think of, to divert Fernanda to cooler waters. We'll start at 5 PM and aim to wrap up by 8 PM since it's a school night. Watch this space for updates, and feel free to stake out your potluck ideas in the comments. The green egg will be fired up for grilling.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Shoot Out at O-Kna Corral


Today started like every other day, pot a coffee on the fire and packing old Frontier with supplies for a trip up North. While chewing and swallowing down my first cup of mud, I surveyed a Blip map and put my nose to the Iwind. Finally a telegraph from Broken Toe Colby reading, 'High Noon'(stop) 'O-Kna Corrall' (stop) 'Be There' (stop).  It was time to load up and trek North.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Meeting and Party, Saturday June 10 at Kahana

Sorry for the last minute notice! Since many of our pilots are already planning to camp out the weekend of June 10-11, at Kahana campsites 7-10, we figured we should take advantage and hold a long overdue meeting and party, before everyone leaves town for various summer adventures. There's nothing urgent to vote on but lots of site updates and general news. Looks like Fireman Dave will already have left town, but hopefully most of you can make it! Meeting to start at 7 PM at the latest, or maybe earlier if everyone is already sick of flying all day. Watch this space for updates.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Photograph Presentation Invitation

First I apologize for the late invite but this photographer has been busy traveling the world.

Jorge Atramiz will be presenting:

A Journey through the invisible element with photographer and paraglider Jorge Atramiz.

A unique view of our planet and a lifestyle called free flying through the images and the adventures of aerial photographer and world traveler, Jorge Atramiz. Don't miss this spectacular feast for the eyes and adrenaline rush for the senses!

For the past 17 years Jorge Atramiz has spent more time in the air than in any other element. As a professional paraglider pilot, he has traveled around the globe to collaborate on free-flying adventures films and photograph the sport in some of the most remote locations on the planet.

Date: June 03, 2017 (this coming Saturday)

Time: Potluck and Social at 5:30 pm  Presentation at 7:00 pm

Where: Waimanalo Hiking Trail and Mountain Club House ( we have had meetings here )

             41-023 Puuone Street,  Waimanalo HI

Bring: Potluck dish to share (just like our meetings)

Fee: $3 to HTM for all guests and non HTM members

RSVP: entertainment@htmclub.org

This will be a great time for all of to support Jorge and be awed by his works both locally and from around the world. He has been published in Cross Country Magazine and several other publications. Recently he has an ongoing segment with USA today.  I am sure there are numerous more credits that he has not even revealed to us yet.

Again, sorry for the short notice but this will be worth cancelling or rescheduling all other plans.

See you all this Saturday. The RSVP link did not seem to work for me just put your names in the comment section of this article and I will make sure it gets forwarded.