Monday, February 12, 2018

Lazy Sunday

This past Sunday morning I rolled over and took a peek out my window. I saw some nice light ripples from the north shimmering across the marina in Hawaii Kai, and I could also see the Three Poles in the clouds at 900 feet. Back to sleep I went. But when I woke later I could see cloudbase getting higher pretty fast. Being that I haven't been getting too much airtime and no XC airtime, I started to get hopeful. As it turned out it was shaping up to be a pretty nice day. I got to Makapuu about noon and hung with the wife on the beach for the minimal required time, watching everyone launching Manics. I hiked over to Manics and got into the air myself. Joey, Jon Goldberg, Alex and Jorge were already on their way down range.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

No Ka Oi

We've all heard that Maui is the best, but I've been a bit slow to realize it myself. Many Maui pilots have flown with us on Oahu, and many of our pilots have flown over there, but somehow I've never made it back over there in the 18 years since I got my training flights there with Pete. I guess I'm just a stick in the mud. So when Garrett told me the weather this past weekend looked promising for crater flights, I figured I'd pass once again, but he persevered and fired up at least ten of us to head over, including five first timers. We coordinated with Maui pilots for advice and guidance, and we were rewarded with fun thermal flights at the L above Lahaina, and a couple days of surreal and scenic extended glides down from the crater, to both Kaupo and to Kula. I definitely won't wait 18 years for my next trip! Thanks to Maui pilots for their hospitality and aloha! And thanks to Kevin for sharing some his footage for my video!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Boogaland Debrief

As you may all know, someone had to spend the night in the jungle (aka Boogaland) after landing out in the back of Kahana Valley last week. Mistakes were made of course, and there are a few things to learn. This "story" will hopefully relay these lessons and make all of us better pilots. I must apologize in advance for the lack of photos.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First Annual Boogaland Open

We are pleased to announce an exciting new annual competition for adventurous paraglider pilots! Join us for an event on what many imagine to be the most urban and overdeveloped island swarming with tourists, and prepare to plunge into a secret tropical heart of darkness! Plot your own course above the majestic peaks and sprawling jungles of our island’s deepest and most remote interior, a wild and ancient rain forest wilderness that is truly a land that time forgot. Very few pilots have dared to explore the air above these vast jungles, but that short roster includes a small number of bold pilots who have also explored the trackless terrain below the forest canopy, leaving us with legends of wings abandoned to the trees by some of these pioneers.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thermic False Alarm

Paraglider bag ready, proper attire and armed for the final flight. One of our stealth monkeys was ready for his final flight and take anybody out that would stop him from doing so. Crazy how people responded. So, here is what really happened.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Twas The Night Before Christmas

When all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. Our flight decks were charged and wings were all packed with care, in hopes that NO PRESIDENTS will ever be there!

Yes, Hawaii Monkeys there is a Santa Clause, it took 9 years for our letters to be answered as even he was not allowed to fly during Christmas while Obama was here.

On Christmas day 2017 flights were had by many as Christmas cheer was spread from Makapuu to Lanikai with a few landings in between.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

4 Grand of Cold, Hard..........

I bet you all thought I was gonna say CASH!!  Well, you be wrong, when my GPS reads 4100 feet its worth more than CASH, cause I'm gonna go somewhere.  It was a little Cold and it was a little Hard but today's flight started breaking down my walls of getting back on the horse.

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 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!