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THE GARDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 1921
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Saturday, May 2th,"the H-le
Loas, to the number of 20 jd'ople.
took their last hike of the year.
From start to finish it contained
a series of surprises and advent
ures so unusual and so uue.xjtected
as to show the mettle and grit of
the individuals concerned, and
which justified their title to the
name of Hele Loa (long distance) j
club. The meaning of the name is
stamped on the mind of the new
Leaving by truck and auto from
the Lihue Store at J a.m., they j
quickly traveled over road, valley
and meadow land 'till they came
to the foot of the mountain. There
on the bank of the stream, at
Kanaha, they alighted and all
hands turned in to prepare break
fast. Hot colTee with real cream,
bacon and eggs, Parker House
rolls, doughnuts and oranges
proved very tempting to appetites
whetted by the long ride in the
After arranging a canvas shelter
and carjet for the few non-hiking
members of the club to enjoy whil
the rest were away, the adventure
ous members of the club started
over the trail for the top of the
ridge. L'OOIj feet high. It is a walk
of some three miles or more to the
top. In the absence of his father,
Percy Lydgate was prevailed upon
to guide the party to the top.
which he did very successfully.
About !i o'clock it began to driz
zle, southerly rain a n d kept
it up the rest of the day. Thanks
to the efficient wookraft of Mr.
Grandhomme. a good fire was kept
going so that the returning t Tamp
ers had hot coffee to drink with
the sandwich lunch each one had
By 1 :.'!() p.m. most of the crowd
had returned to the camp, and as
it was still drizzling and the road
I was getting wetter, Mrs. Hogg
I was anxious to get her car out as
I soon a possible. Annexing Percy
j Lydgate as chauffeur and filling
I her auto as full as it would hold
of the younger members of the
party, they started gaily oir and
reached home without mishap
about ' o'clock. That disposes of
What follows contains so much
variety of action, all going on in
different places, but at about the
same time, that it is like a three
rigned circus, and as such I am
going to describe it. beginning
with ihe first ring of the circus,
which the writer knows most
about, being a member of the
As most of the hikers could not
crowd under the canvas roof ihat
Mr. Grandhomme had so skillfully
arranged at the camp, the few peo
ple who hadn't hiked much decide
to start walking home, and keep
going until the truck with the
slow hikers cam along. Accord
ingly, Mrs. iJrandhomme. Mrs.
Lane. Miss Green. Miss Jacobs
and Mrs. Lydgate started off. leav
ing three or four others behind to
come on later.
Well, they hiked on. and on. and
no truck over took them. They
finally reached the big AYailua
bridge. By that time it was after
four o'clock and they realized the
truck wasn't coming, and began to
fear that something must have
happened to Miss'Ilardell or Miss
Lindsey, who were still on the
trail when they left camp. They
decided to press on toward home
and the garage to secure cars to
go to the rescue.
- Now, most of the Hele Loas go
prepared for long hikes, wearing
high boots, breeches, and sweaters.
They go striding along with the
free and easy grace of Greek god
desses. It is refreshing and in
spiring just to be with these fine
types of Aiwcricnn womanhood.
But Ktiinr of the club members are
old fashioned and perhaps a little
elderly, and they cling to skirts.
The writer is one of them. Walking
through wet grass, mud and rain,
the swish, slap of the skirt against
wet ankles is very annoying, so
by the time we reached the river
and realized the long walk ahead,
a halt was made for reforms.
There being no disapproving law
makers abroad in that storm to
criticise us, with pin and belt
those offending petticoats were
held in place at bathing suit
The sight of at least one
such hiker, tramping along with
skirts thus held in lcusli, ;inl
wealing a long coat and hat
drooping under the rain, created
such a ludicrous appearance as
kept up the hilarious spirits of the
younger members of the parly all
the way home.
When we reiuhed the Beckett
place at Pokiki. we found that
the truck chauffeur had telephon
ed them to get Word to the garage
to send to the rescue a couple of
Ford cars, as the truck wastuck
in one of the mauka valleys. The
Beckerts had tried in vain to con
nect with central for nearly two
to get heriiryf etaoiu etaoin oin
hours, and they may still be try
ing to get her as far as I know.
Anyway they didn't succeed in
raising anybody, but our minds
were at rest, for we knew then no
one was hurt and that they could
start walking home as we had. and
we hoped, ftwmtimr, to reach
Lihue. and help! At the top of
the long Kapaia-Wailua hill we
met a -Japanese man taking chains
off his Ford. His home is Wailua
mauka. ami we engaged him to go
up t lie Kanaha trail and pick up
the folks on ihe road. Let me say
they never saw him.
About six o'clock we reached
Kapaia, having walked ten miles
in four hours, and found Percy
awaiting us in the Hodge, and be
ginning 1o get a little anxious.
Poor kid couldn't take his car up
the hill as he hadn't any chains.
He tried to get cars in Kapaia,
but none were available. He was
not sure which road the truck
would take coming home, as they
had discussed the Ilanamaulu
mauka road as an alternative at
breakfast. lon arriving home
Mrs. Hogg had telephone.! to the
garage and told them to send up
cars, as she feared they were
stuck, but the man only laughed
and said that that truck could go
anywhere! There were several
worried people in Lihue when it
began to grow dark and no one
As soon as we reached Lihue,
Percy took the various members of
our party home. The last one to
be deposited was Mrs., Grand
homnie. Imagine her surprise
when her husband came out of the
house to greet her! She had left
him up mauka when she started
for home. How had he got home
first without wings?
And now for Ihe second circus
performance. Mr. Grandhomme,
Miss Fraser, Miss Alma Barker
and Miss Lindsev remained at
camp to await the return of Mis
Hardell and her friend. Miss Fry,
of Honolulu, who is visiting her,
In due time the late hikers ap
pea red and all got to the truck
and started off, having no diffi
cult v crossing Ihe first two valley
bridges ami climbing the steep
hills. The chained wheels did
n obi v. But when thev rounded
the sharp curve over the bridge in
the third vallev, one hind wheel
skidded off the bridge into the
soft mud and was stuck fast.
Abandoning the truck, thev
started to '"hoof it home, a wet
and tired bunch of hikers, for they
had all made the top of the pole
line ridge and had gone over six
miles a foot already and felt they
had enough of it.
Miss Fraser and Miss Hardell
proved the fastest walkers of the
crowd and soon outstripped the
others. In fact they were never
seen again by the last hikers, who
supposed that they had caught up
with the first crowd. They got a
li.ttle beyond the Wailua bridge
and sat down to await the tardy
trampers. We will leave them for
the present and return to the
others, who were trudging along
When they got to the bridge,' as
good fortune would have it, along
came a locomotive to take a
string of cane cars to the mill. Mr.
Grandhomme commandeered both
engine and engineer to take them
as far as Hanamaulu mill. They
got aboard and were switched to
Hanamaulu'in no time. There,
securing a car, they were soon
Poor Miss Fraser and Miss
Hardell saw the engine stop and
tried to run back and catch it
but they were too far away, and
being in the shadow of the high
bank on the road side, were not
seen by their fellow hikers, who,
anyway, thought they were on
There was nothing for it but to
keep on, which they pluckily did,
arriving at Hauamaulu about 7
o'clock in the evening, having
walked from ! a.m. till 7 p.m., in
all, about Hi miles. Miss Jacobs
also walked that distance. Miss
Green and Mrs Line walked about
'2 miles. Mrs. Grandhomme ami
Mrs. Lydgate walked all the way
from Kanaha to Kapaia, about ten
miles, and they hadn't planned on
walking more than three or four!
The rain was from the south,
warm and no wind, so that al-
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