Extended Trip - Saturday 21 May 2016 to Monday 6 June 2016 (17 days)
In May this year 10 members of the ATC went on the inaugural trip to Hawaii as members of the HTMC. During our stay we were based in their Clubhouse at Pu’uone Rd, Waimanalo Beach. I thought it might be interesting to do a pictorial account of the Clubhouse and our time there as it provides an interesting comparison to our Ngaro-Te-Kotare in the Waitakeres and SnowSports lodge on Mt Ruapehu!
|historic sign now mounted on inside wall|
The HTMC was formed in 1910 (making it older than ATC) and the Clubhouse was built by members in 1926 on what was then bare land back from Waimanalo Beach. Today the area is extensively built up but the 3 mile long beach (one of the most popular on the island) is easily accessible from the end of Pu’uone Rd. The Clubhouse has been well maintained over the years while retaining its colonial character and is listed as a Historic building.
|clubhouse and BBQ area|
The Clubhouse is surrounded by a lawn and coconut palms (we had to be careful where we parked our rental car as the nuts fell anytime!) including a BBQ and meeting area. This was the coolest place for relaxing and dinner and is where the HTMC holds their fortnightly Saturday night gatherings. There is also a volleyball court if you are feeling very energetic (we weren’t, much too hot!).
|anniversary dinner outdoors - cheers !|
|View of the grounds from upstairs|
The top story of the Clubhouse is a spacious lounge and full kitchen with a small separate office. Louvre windows and floor fans provide ventilation and cooling. Downstairs is a bunkroom with 4 bunks, separate toilets and shower, and is the main gathering area for the shared dinners on club nights. The resident custodian (currently Keala) also resides here. Being a group of ten, we used air mattresses on the floor upstairs and a pull out double sofa bed to supplement the bunks.
|Teresa in the kitchen (chairs up as Ian had been doing housework|
|opposite corner to the kitchen had the pull out sofa bed (our gear strewn around it)|
|We had resident geckos|
The backdrop to the house and grounds was the rugged green ranges with these three distinctive peaks featuring as the HTMC logo.
It proved to be an excellent base in every respect for our time in Oahu - mahalo HTMC for your hospitality - we welcome you to Ngaro-Te-Kotare and SnowSports Lodge anytime!