A little MUni in Hawaii

Following a great weekend of riding in California with Nathan Hoover, John
Foss and Brett Bymaster just to name a few, I had the good fortune of
continuing my travels on to O’ahu, Hawaii. The purpose of my stay in
Hawaii was purely for some needed rest and relaxation, but since I had my
trusty mountain unicycle I ended up riding quite a bit.

The first day there I rode to every bike shop in Honolulu to find a
replacement spoke for the one I had broken in California and to find out
if anyone else on the island mountain unicycled. The first shop I went to
had the spoke, but they had never heard of anyone riding a unicycle off
road before. The second shop I went to thought I “was the guy in the
videos” … I quickly corrected them! I was a little nervous at this point
and thought that it could be possible that no one mountain unicycles on
O’ahu, it is a small island after all. The third shop, the last one I was
willing to ride to, knew someone who had just started to ride a unicycle
off-road, their shop manager in a neighbouring city. I was able to get his
contact info and I also picked up a copy of John Alford’s Mountain Biking
the Hawaiian Islands (second edition), which turned out to be a great
guide. If you’re planning to ride there I strongly recommend it …
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0964984326/ref=ed_oe_p/104-3171
915-4911968

Two days later I had the chance to meet up with Layne (he had been
unicycling 5 months and had just started to MUni a month ago) and ride
Wa’ahila State Park (also known as St. Louis Heights), which is just North
of the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus. It played host to one of the
1996 Grundig/UCI World Cup Downhill Mountain Biking races and I knew it
would be a challenge. Luckily for us a public bus takes one right to the
start of the trails 1000’ above the end. It’s a fairly steep climb, which
I tried once and ended up walking for nearly an hour. The trails were
amazing … 2 miles of lose rock and at times steep downhill, a little
‘North-Shore’ bridge over a little creek and a few large drops. The first
time we did this together we only did one run as it was starting to get
really really hot, which made riding really difficult (and it was only
10am). I ended up riding Wa’ahila almost every morning getting 1 or 2 runs
in depending on how hot it got. I’ve got some pictures of one of the rides
Layne and myself did at Wa’ahila …
http://community.webshots.com/album/25880199LiVCHhtbqH

I also ventured out on my own and rode two other trails …

.: Kuli’ou’ou (which translates to ‘sounding knee’ which is a reference to
an instrument called a punui or ‘knee drum’) :. I rode more than 3.5 miles
just to get to the trail head which lay East of Diamond Head, luckily it
was all paved. :slight_smile: Once on the trail the ride was a 3 mile round-trip which
followed the Kuli’ou’ou ridge,
1.5 miles of up to an elevation of 1100’ followed by 1.5 miles of down to
200’. The ride up was brutal at times (I walked some of it … ok, a lot
of it), I guess the 3.5 mile ride to the trail didn’t help, it was also
very rocky and loose (a continuing theme). The downhill was amazingly
fast with some sections I had to walk, it was full of hairpin turns and
some ugly drop-offs, but I made it out alive and then had the pleasure
of riding 3.5 miles back (no sarcasm there). Needless to say, I slept
well that night and didn’t ride the next day.

.: Wiliwilinui (which translates to ‘large wiliwili’, wiliwili being a
native tree) :. Being relatively close to Kuli’ou’ou I decided it would be
best to catch a ride to the trail head as I wasn’t too keen on riding 4
miles just to get there and then 3.5 miles on the trail and then 4 miles
back. This ride turned out to be a lot of fun. For the most part it’s a
4WD road, but when they mean 4WD they really mean 4WD. It starts at about
900’ and goes up to 1400’ over 1.6 miles, so it isn’t too bad. There are
some pretty nasty ruts, puddles and some really steep sections along the
way. At the 1.6 mile mark the 4WD road ends and a foot path takes you all
the way up the ridge to a radio repeater tower. Bikes/unicycles are not
allowed on the footpath, but a bike rack sits at the start of the foot
path, so I locked my unicycle up and hiked to the top. The hike took me
just under an hour, but it was well worth it … the view was absolutely
spectacular.

.: Urban Assault :. Saturday night I had the chance to do an ‘urban
assault’ ride at the University of Hawaii which had 7 bikers and 3
unicyclists present (Layne, myself and Adam who had only started to
unicycle). The security guards ignored us for the most part and those that
noticed us wanted to know how we were able to ride a unicycle. It was
really different to get that kind of reception. Apparently, during the day
it can be a different story.

By complete coincidence John Foss (and Jacquie of course) happened to
be in Waikiki at the same time I was. It was neat to meet up with them
down there.

I can’t wait to go back there. The trails are awesome and the environment
even better. I really want to go back there and explore the other islands.
The Big Island, Hawaii, could offer some interesting riding as it has two
mountains that stand over 13,000’ (Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. They get snow
in the winter months). Maui has Puu Ulaula which stands over 10,000’ and
Kauai has Mt. Kawaikini standing over 5000’. It’s a great place that’s all
I can say!

Carl

— Carl Hoyer <carl@mountainunicycling.com> wrote:
> Following a great weekend of riding in California with Nathan Hoover,
> John Foss and Brett Bymaster just to name a few, I had the good fortune
> of continuing my travels on to O’ahu, Hawaii…
The third shop, the last one I was willing to ride to, knew someone who
> had just started to ride a unicycle off-road, … Two days later I had
> the chance to meet up with Layne (he had been unicycling 5 months and
> had just started to MUni a month ago) and ride Wa’ahila State Park…

That’s super cool that you were able to just find a MUni rider while on
holiday, and go riding. I think that if you asked many unicyclists what
they ultimately wanted out of the sport, the most basic answer could be
that they wanted:

  1. a decent uni to ride on
  2. people to ride with wherever they might be.

Not too much to ask but still challenging in many places- I’m stoked that
it’s slowly getting easier to get achieve both of these goals.

-Kris.


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Kris Holm wrote:

> 1) a decent uni to ride on
> 2) people to ride with wherever they might be.
>
> Not too much to ask but still challenging in many places- I’m stoked
> that it’s slowly getting easier to get achieve both of these goals.

Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
ride with if he had not seen you.

Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America President,
International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

Kris Holm wrote:

> 1) a decent uni to ride on
> 2) people to ride with wherever they might be.
>
> Not too much to ask but still challenging in many places- I’m stoked
> that it’s slowly getting easier to get achieve both of these goals.

Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
ride with if he had not seen you.

Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America President,
International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

Kris said:
>> 1) a decent uni to ride on
>> 2) people to ride with wherever they might be.
>>
>> Not too much to ask but still challenging in many places- I’m stoked
>> that it’s slowly getting easier to get achieve both of these goals.

Yeah Kris, the reason I started unicycling, and why alot, I mean ALOT, of
other people started unicycling is because of YOU! Thanx alot. I think
this thankyou comes from a HUGE majority of the unicycle community.

)—(x) Dylan Wallinger Keep Riding
http://www.extremeunicycling-bcmat.cityslide.com

Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.

But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was. :slight_smile:

john_childs

>From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
>Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
>
>Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
>currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
>ride with if he had not seen you.
>
>Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
>President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
>www.unicycling.com


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Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.

But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was. :slight_smile:

john_childs

>From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
>Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
>
>Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
>currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
>ride with if he had not seen you.
>
>Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
>President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
>www.unicycling.com


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Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.

But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was. :slight_smile:

john_childs

>From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
>Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
>
>Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
>currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
>ride with if he had not seen you.
>
>Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
>President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
>www.unicycling.com


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Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.

But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was. :slight_smile:

john_childs

>From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
>Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
>
>Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
>currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
>ride with if he had not seen you.
>
>Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
>President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
>www.unicycling.com


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> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.

Thanks for the compliment. I am indeed proud to be the originator of the
MUni Weekends, and the lucky host of the first unicycling event Kris
ever attended. My infrastructure has made it easier for the press to
find the George Pecks and Kris Holms, and I’m glad of that too. But
they’re the guys out there getting the oohs and aahs, which really gets
the interest going.

We all do our part. What would any of us know about Loctite were it
not for you?

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” - Kevin
“Gilby” Gilbertson

> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.

Thanks for the compliment. I am indeed proud to be the originator of the
MUni Weekends, and the lucky host of the first unicycling event Kris
ever attended. My infrastructure has made it easier for the press to
find the George Pecks and Kris Holms, and I’m glad of that too. But
they’re the guys out there getting the oohs and aahs, which really gets
the interest going.

We all do our part. What would any of us know about Loctite were it
not for you?

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” - Kevin
“Gilby” Gilbertson

> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.

Thanks for the compliment. I am indeed proud to be the originator of the
MUni Weekends, and the lucky host of the first unicycling event Kris
ever attended. My infrastructure has made it easier for the press to
find the George Pecks and Kris Holms, and I’m glad of that too. But
they’re the guys out there getting the oohs and aahs, which really gets
the interest going.

We all do our part. What would any of us know about Loctite were it
not for you?

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” - Kevin
“Gilby” Gilbertson

> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.

Thanks for the compliment. I am indeed proud to be the originator of the
MUni Weekends, and the lucky host of the first unicycling event Kris
ever attended. My infrastructure has made it easier for the press to
find the George Pecks and Kris Holms, and I’m glad of that too. But
they’re the guys out there getting the oohs and aahs, which really gets
the interest going.

We all do our part. What would any of us know about Loctite were it
not for you?

Stay on top, John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone jfoss@unicycling.com
www.unicycling.com

“If it weren’t for the last minute, nothing would get done.” - Kevin
“Gilby” Gilbertson

Agreed. When I first heard about this sport (as opposed to just doing it
on my own), the first people that got me stoked to keep riding, and were
really helpful with more information, were John Foss, George Peck and
Roger Davies.

-Kris.

— John Childs <john_childs@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.
>
> john_childs
>
>
> >From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
> >Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
> >
> >Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
> >currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
> >ride with if he had not seen you.
> >
> >Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
> >President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
> >www.unicycling.com
>
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Agreed. When I first heard about this sport (as opposed to just doing it
on my own), the first people that got me stoked to keep riding, and were
really helpful with more information, were John Foss, George Peck and
Roger Davies.

-Kris.

— John Childs <john_childs@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.
>
> john_childs
>
>
> >From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
> >Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
> >
> >Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
> >currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
> >ride with if he had not seen you.
> >
> >Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
> >President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
> >www.unicycling.com
>
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Agreed. When I first heard about this sport (as opposed to just doing it
on my own), the first people that got me stoked to keep riding, and were
really helpful with more information, were John Foss, George Peck and
Roger Davies.

-Kris.

— John Childs <john_childs@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.
>
> john_childs
>
>
> >From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
> >Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
> >
> >Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
> >currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
> >ride with if he had not seen you.
> >
> >Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
> >President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
> >www.unicycling.com
>
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Agreed. When I first heard about this sport (as opposed to just doing it
on my own), the first people that got me stoked to keep riding, and were
really helpful with more information, were John Foss, George Peck and
Roger Davies.

-Kris.

— John Childs <john_childs@hotmail.com> wrote:
> Hey John, It’s not all Kris. It was your www.unicycling.com site and the
> info on Muni Weekends there that got me interested in muni.
>
> But way back then, nobody knew who Kris was.
>
> john_childs
>
>
> >From: John Foss <john_foss@asinet.com> Subject: RE: A little MUni in
> >Hawaii Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 15:25:54 -0800
> >
> >Be proud, Kris, PROUD! You are one of the biggest reasons why this is
> >currently happening. There would have been no Layne in Oahu for Carl to
> >ride with if he had not seen you.
> >
> >Stay on top, John Foss President, Unicycling Society of America
> >President, International Unicycling Federation jfoss@unicycling.com
> >www.unicycling.com
>
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GLAD YOU ENJOYED IT

ALOHA I love riding off rode. Hawaii does have some narly trails. I’ve lived in Oahu and the Big Island for 15 years. Lets know the next time your in town. Dani

um,
whats with all this?

yeh why all the guests???