Maunawili Trail Work Day - Saturday, July 30, 2016

Trail workInterested in helping to make the Maunawili Trail safer and faster?  Want to give back your kokua to the trail system that we all love and enjoy regularly?  

We have an opportunity to work with Na Ala Hele on Saturday, July 30 to work on the Pali end of the Maunawili trail.  If you would like to volunteer, email Marian (mnyasuda AT hawaii DOT rr DOT com)

Here are the details:

Meet at the Koolau Golf Course at 8:00 a.m. and will will pile into a couple of trucks.  We will meet Nick and some others at the hairpin turn to begin hiking/clearing/repairing.  We should return back to the Golf Course no later than 2:00 p.m.


-closed toe foot wear (boots, running shoes); no slippers
- long pants, shirt, long sleeved shirt 
- backpack, camel back, water bottles (enough water to last four hours) water will be at the trail head
- snacks and lunch
- rain gear if necessary

Na Ala Hele will provide Personal Protection Equipment: gloves, eye protection, ear protection, bug spray, sunscreen. If you want to bring your own gear, that's fine. Other items provided will be handsaws, chainsaws, and possibly grubbing tools.  For those of you that enjoy wielding your machete (you know who I am talking about), bring it on!







Firecracker Results and Mahalo's to all!!!



Here is the link to the results:  Download Results2016

Benita and I would like to thank all of the runners that participated today and hope that each of you had a Great Experience!!! This is never an easy run and today was no different!! You all did an incredible job and should be very proud of your accomplishments!!!

We also want to thank John and PJ for all the hard work they do and the trust they bestow upon us to conduct this Great event!! Mahalo!!!! 

Our volunteers are the most incredible part of all of these events!!! Many many thanks to you all, we would NEVER be able to have success at these events if it was not for the dedicated efforts from our outstanding volunteer force!!! You all have our deepest gratitude and endless thanks for your selfless contributions to these events!!!! 


Arvel and Benita 



Peacock Challenge 55 (PC 55) Is Open for Registration

Photo by Kalani Pascual

The much anticipated Peacock Challenge 55 Mile Run is now open for registration! For those of you who have already registered we apologize for not having the race information up on time. We urge you click here to read more about qualifications, race description, course map, cutoffs, etc. before signing up for this race.


Final Firecrack 10 Mile info for Runners and Volunteers


  • Race start is 7am 2 July here: MAP
  • Parking will be in a small area to the left as you get to the race, and along both sides of the road 
  • Check in prior to 6:45am for your number to ensure you are able to start on time
  • All runners must carry at least 20 oz. of water at the start
  • Be prepared for a nice comfortable run out and a warm, sunny, and into the wind return trip
  • Be respective of the non-running park visitors, do not harass any of the wild life
  • Holiday festive attire is encouraged 
  • Please bring a dish to share (if you can) 


  • Please show up at 6am to help with setup and get your duty location assignments 
  • Be prepared to be on course or at aid station 2-3 hours 
  • Have a hat/umbrella, sunscreen, hydration, some snacks, and what ever else you think you may need
  • Festive attire is also encouraged and you too Must Have Fun At All Times :)


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Benita or I.



Arvel and Benita

Maunawili Out-n-Back (Run with the Pigs) ANNOUNCEMENT

ANNOUNCEMENT: 2016 Maunawili Out and Back (aka - Run with the Pigs) August 6, 2016 at 6:00 a.m.  
Due to a rockslide on the Old Pali Road, immediately after the lookout, the Maunawili Out and Back will not start and finish at the Pali lookout. Finding an alternate location for the start and finish that will accommodate our whole gang and give good access to the Maunawili trail has been quite challenging. We found the best solution possible, however there are some important changes to the event and all participants need to read the following information and ask questions if you have concerns.
Start/Finish Location: Koolau Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church 45-550 Kionaole Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
Race Start: ALL participants will start promptly at 6:00 a.m. Gates open at 5:00 a.m.
Route: We will post a map on the blog containing route changes – there will be course marshalls on race morning to assist. The turnaround/handoff for relays is the same location;
41-1020 Waikupanaha Street, Waimanalo, HI
Finish festivities: This will be toned down as we need to minimize our impact on Koolau Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church and vacate the area by 2:30 p.m.
Facilities: We will have a portable lua on-site. We are not allowed to use the Koolau Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church facilities – please stay in our designated parking area. Plan to take care of restroom needs prior to arriving or wait in line for the portable lua.
Parking: Carpooling is encouraged if you will be parking in the parking lot at the start/finish. Please follow the directions of volunteers regarding parking. There is no legal parking on Kionaole Road leading to the Koolau Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church. If you park illegally, it is at your own risk.
Important: The Koolau Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church has been generous by allowing us to stage in their area, and we must abide by all of their requirements as well as be respectful of them and their patrons. We need to be good allies and show them that we are considerate and responsible.
Course Preview Run:  There will be a course preview run on Monday, July 4 at 6:00 a.m. beginning in the Koolau Golf Course parking lot. If you plan to go only one direction, arrange for your own transportation from the Waimanalo trailhead.
We are hopeful to have a trail maintenance work day scheduled before August 6. Look for an announcement on the HURT blog (
Your Kokua is welcome: This arrangement with the Golf Course creates a significant expense that was unexpected. All donations to help cover this unexpected expense are welcome. We will pass a hat throughout the morning, should you desire to help.
Thanks so much for your understanding and cooperation. Please feel free to call Marian (221-5171) or John (351-1453) with any concerns.

Firecracker Preview Run 25 June 2016

Aloha Runners!!




If you would like a taste of the Kaena Point Firecracker 10 mile run, then please join us for a course preview run this coming Saturday, 25 June at 7 AM.

Where: MAP

When: 25 June 2016, 7 AM

Bring: Water, hat/visor, sunscreen, fuel/food for running, trail shoes and running attire, smiles and maybe a camera for the beautiful scenery!!

Everyone is welcome to join us, this is the same start time as the race and will cover most (if not all) of the course for 2 July's race day. 

If you have any questions please email Benita or I.



Arvel and Benita



Mango Madness Mahalos

Top3MaleWe're happy to say that a good time was had by all at Mango Madness! No major injuries, no one got lost, and there were only a few temper tantrums. :-)

Congratulations to Tom Steidler who was 1st place male AND King of the Mountain (the first to reach the Tantalus pillbox). Malory Peterson was 2nd place overall, 1st place female, AND Queen of the Mountain. It was a competitive and talented field this year. Kudos to all 104 runners! Click here to view the overall results.

Jacque and I pour our hearts into the creation of the course, the prizes, and everything in between. However, the marking and the race day operations could not happen without our HURT family. They take volunteering seriously and always give 110%. Their smiles and Aloha are infectious. So MAHALO.

Special thanks to Johnny for the orchid leis. It was a special touch to be able to give them to every finisher. One woman remarked, "I've always wanted a lei!".

Another special thanks to Steve Dewald for donating a beautiful chunk of ohia to make the 20 finisher prizes.

We are also grateful to Kalani Pascual for always capturing the essence of the trail series.
Click here to view Kalani's photo album on Facebook.
Click here to view the photos I took.

We're already plotting and scheming next year's course, so stay tuned! See you at Firecracker!

Melanie (and Jacque)
Race Directors

Kaena Point Firecracker 10 Mile

Excited for the Next HURT Trail Series Race!!!

The Race is Currently SOLD OUT.

Start Time
2 July 2016
Race starts at 7:00am

This race is a fast, flat, out-and-back course that is a little longer than 10 miles and parallels the ocean along jeep trails and an old sugar cane rail line. The course runs from the end of the pavement at Mokuleia past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman, to where the pavement begins again on the Waianae coast side at Yokohama Bay. We will have an aid station with water set up at the turnaround, however, we will require ALL runners to carry adequate water (at least one 20-ounce bottle) during the run. It is a hot course without much shade. Please feel free to be "Holiday Festive" in your attire and bring a local kine dish to share with all.

Directions to the Race Start: From the North Shore, follow the signs to Waialua/Mokuleia. Follow Farrington Highway past Dillingham Airfield and Camp Erdman. At the end of the paved road, you will come to Kaena Point State Park dirt parking lot on your left, as we need to ensure park visitors have parking to share the park with us, so we will leave them the primary parking on the right. There will be parking attendants directing you where to park.

Map Link: MAP

We are still accepting volunteers to assist us with the event.
If you are interested in helping please send an email to Benita and I and we will add you to the list and provide details as they develop!!
Send email to:
Subject: Firecracker Volunteer

Final instructions to be published soon!!!


Arvel and Benita


Are you ready for some Madness?

Race day is Saturday, June 11 with a start time of 7am. The race is SOLD OUT and there will be no race day signup. Consider volunteering instead! Make sure to arrive early enough to get checked in. There is no packet pick-up. Just show up at the pumping station which is at the corner of Makiki Street and Makiki Heights Drive.

This is a hard course and will test the limits of even seasoned trail runners. Please carry water and fuel. We will have two aid stations on the course which will be evenly spaced, but better safe than sorry.

The race course is always kept a secret. We will say that it will be over 10 miles and you are guaranteed to work for your finisher prizes.

With all that said... Don't forget to have fun! You never know what to expect and that's what people have loved about our race. See you this Saturday!

Melanie (and co-RD Jacque)

Mango Madness Preview Runs, Shirts, and Trucker Hats

Are You Mango Tough?

Mango Madness is June 11 and is the fourth race in the 2016 HURT Trail Series. The course is never disclosed and takes runners on unexpected twists and turns. It's listed as 10+ miles because the course is a mystery to all-- as well as those who mark the trail the day before. You are guaranteed a lot of elevation and all of the rocks, roots, and mud that the Tantalus Trail System has to offer. We always treat our runners to amazing prizes. Every finisher receives cool schwag at the finish. Also, the top 10 women and men will be awarded for their stellar efforts. And don't forget, the first runners who reach the top of Concrete Hill will be crowned King and Queen of the Mountain.

Previews of the approximate course will be held on May 28 and June 4 at 7am sharp. Meet at the Hawaii Nature Center parking lot.

Banner created by Melanie Decker Design

Official shirts and trucker hats are available this year. Order before May 28 at these links:


Trucker Hat

There is not a shipping option. Items must be picked up at the start/finish on race day.

Know that this is one of the highlights of our year to bring you a race that you'll love to hate. :-) Anyone who races this deserves a high-five and a prize.

Aloha for now!
Melanie (and co-RD Jacque)

Kealia Quad Crusher - Race Results & Mahalos

Aloha racers,

Steve and I would like to extend heartfelt thank you's to all who helped make today's inaugural Kealia Quad Crusher a smashing success!! Records were set, wills were tested, and quads were crushed! Picmonkey_image

Despite the rain clouds and slick trails, every runner who crossed the finish line of this approximately 11 mile course did so with muddy legs and a smile on their face. 93 finishers completed this challenging course. For the 50+ of you who were virgins to the trail series… welcome! And we hope to see you for the next race in the series, Mango Madness (sign up here). Only 13 slots left so don't delay.

Mile for mile, the KQC is going down in the record books as one of the toughest races out there. Congratulations to our champs - Ryan Karwiel, (1:51:40); and Susie Stephen, (2:19:07). These are smokin' fast times considering the colossal 4,000 feet of climbing. Remember these times as these are now the current course records that you will all be aiming for next year.

We want to thank John & PJ Salmonson, without whom the trail series would not exist. Heartfelt thanks (seriously, thank you) to our course marshals Marian, Judy, Sue, Jeff F., Freddie, Shawna, and Andy C. for braving the chilly temps and doing calisthenics to stay warm in the freezing, wet and windy conditions as they pointed the runners in the right direction. Thanks to our start/finish line crew Mike Hee, Paula, Benita & Arvel, Molly, Travis, Elise and anyone else who jumped in to help at any point. Thanks also to our race photographers Augusto and Kalani. None of this can happen without you!

Thanks again to the race award team - Kelly, Shell,  Augusto & Rosie for the handmade awards. We had the runners pose and show off their quads with their trophies (see image above).

And last but not least, thank you to all of the runners who participated in this wonderful event. It's your smiling faces and wonderful stories of the race that make this all worth while!

See you next year!

Rosie & Steve