Oahu Mountain Bike Ohana

Trail Work Day Sunday Aug 16th

Thank you to all who came up on Sunday to help with the finishing work on the Ohana Trail Completion, a lot was accomplished with a small crew! There’s a large amount of cut trail that needs to be finished now, the pace has picked up beyond what we could finish this weekend. Lots to do, hope to see you next Sunday.

The only scheduled trail day for the immediate future is Sunday, August 16th, from 1-5pm.

Thanks,

Leland

Trail Care Days this Friday and Sunday, Aug 7th & 9th.

Trail Care Days this Friday and Sunday, Aug 7th & 9th.

Finishing work is needed on the newly cut sections of trail and other odd jobs.

What to bring:
Water, safety glasses, closed toe shoes, (preferably) long pants, work gloves, any tools you like to use (especially loppers and small cutting tools like handsaws etc), a signed waiver. Please no children under 13 or dogs, it can be a dangerous activity for those that aren’t aware of swinging shovels etc.

Where to go:
just walk or ride up the white fence trail and follow it to big tree, then follow the small fire road until it meets up with the existing new trail, you should be heading toward the peaks of Olomana, with the new development on your right side. Keep heading up the trail until you run into a work crew or all the way to the new section that will be marked with a yellow sign. If you are unfamiliar with the white fence trail, it is right at the junction of Old Kalanianaole Hwy, and the Current Kalanianaole Hwy on the Waimanalo side. You can call me (Leland) at 808-224-6745 if you need more instructions or help.

Dates:
Friday, August 7th, 3pm – 6pm
Sunday, August 9th, 12pm – 6pm

Thank You

Thank you to all who came up on Sunday to help with the finishing work on the Ohana Trail Completion. We met our goals for the day quite early since we had so many helpful trail workers. Friday from 3-6pm is the next work day, then Sunday from 12-6pm again. Hope to see you there!

Thanks,

Leland

Trail Care Day Sunday!

Sunday, August 2nd, from 12pm to 6pm is our next Trail Care day for the Ohana Trail completion project.

Good news, for Sunday’s trail day, the developer of the Olomana Heights subdivision is allowing us to park there, you can enter on the driveway on Old Kalanianaole Road, go up the main road, then park along the curb on the upper road, walk across the dirt lots toward Waimanalo and you can cut right into the blue ribbon trail.

Volunteers are needed for finishing work on the freshly built trail sections, but can also just do some cleaning and raking on the already built section to bring it back up to standards.

What to bring:
Water, safety glasses, closed toe shoes, (preferably) long pants, work gloves, any tools you like to use (especially loppers and small cutting tools like handsaws etc), a signed waiver.

Where to go: just walk up the white fence trail and follow it to big tree, then follow the small fire road until it meets up with the existing new trail, you should be heading toward the peaks of Olomana, with the new development on your right side. Keep heading up the trail until you run into a work crew or all the way to the new section that will be marked with a yellow sign. If you are unfamiliar with the white fence trail, it is right at the junction of Old Kalanianaole Hwy, and the Current Kalanianaole Hwy on the Waimanalo side. You can call me (Leland) at 808-224-6745 if you need more instructions or help.

Date: Sunday, August 2nd

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Aloha,

Leland

Trail Work Days are here!

The Ohana Trail Completion Project is underway and volunteers are needed for finishing work.
The next two Fridays and Sundays are scheduled as OMTBO Volunteer Trail work days.
The dates and times can be found at OMTBO Events

Please fill out at waiver in advance if possible at OMTBO Trail Work

More information will be posted once we get closer to this Friday, such as parking, ride in, and how to find the trail if you aren’t familiar with the White Fence or Big Tree area.

~Leland

From Dirt Riders Of Pupukea Paumalu

Howzit Dirt Riders,

Conditions have been great and hopefully you’ve all gotten to enjoy some great riding.

Just wanted to give everyone the heads up that they will be repaving Sunset Hills sometime this week. We don’t know the exact schedule, but be prepared for limited parking, or even no parking at all.

As always, it’s best if you can park away from the neighborhood and pedal in. As things may be hectic during the repaving process, please be extra conscious of the Sunset Hill residents and make sure that you don’t accidentally block someone’s driveway.

See you on the trails!

OMTBO Merchandise is now shipping!

The first pre-order has been received from the printer and will be shipping ASAP.
Hats, Stickers, Mens shirts in Small-2XL, and Womens shirts in Small-Medium are now in stock and ready to ship.
Orders for these items can be placed at any time, first come basis while stock allows.

Thank you for your support!

Top 10 trail building mistakes

In case you want to see many of the worst mistakes you can make when trail building, here is a great article that IMBA has provided.

Unfortunately most of the old trail around Olomana fall into at least one of these categories and most into multiple categories.

Please check these out and then get a copy of their guide to building sweet single track, it’s a must have for anyone aspiring to build trails with us.

10 Trail Building Mistakes

IMBA Guide to sweet single track book

 

OmtbO board comings and goings

Additions to the OmtbO Board Announced

We are very excited to announce a couple of additions to our board effective immediately. For the last few months we have been a couple members short of having a full 11 member board. Fortunately we have a very responsive mountain bike community and those vacancies are now filled. Please welcome Travis Counsell and Robert Myint to the OmtbO board of directors.

New Members
Travis Counsell – Travis was added to the board a couple months ago and after some soul searching decided to accept the nomination to the vice chair position where he will contribute to programming and events for OmtbO. Travis is a vibrant addition to the board and is already a fixture in the cycling community through his work with Hawaii Bicycle League.

Robert Myint – Robert needs little introduction to the mountain biking community on Oahu. One of the fittest, fastest, and funnest riders on Oahu, he brings years of organizing our community into rides and events focused on fun and camaraderie. We are excited that despite his hectic flight schedule for Hawaiian Airlines he will be touching ground with us as often as possible to help lead OmtbO into the future.

Saying Farewell
Ethan Cumming – A hearty aloha goes out to Ethan for being a driving force on the founding board of OmtbO. His professional development has taken he and his wife Pepper from us back to the mainland. But his time as the Vice Chair of the founding board was very effective in getting the organization up and running. Aloha til next time!

Ohana Trail Update

Ohana Trail Update

Thank you!
….for the positive feedback we have received on the construction of the Ohana trail. Every board member has been approached by someone in the community thanking them for the new trail and all the effort that has gone into it.

The Trail so far:
Good weather in the winter months and hard work made significant progress that saw about 80% of the trail completed. We had the privilege of working with some of the best trail builders in the industry. Unfortunately, their schedule did not allow them to finish. We are working hard to find someone who can complete the trail as soon as possible.

Trail work days:
Many thanks to the people that came out on their free time to put our new tools to use to help finish the trail. If you missed out, don’t fret, you’ll get to help out on the last section of trail. We will start up trail work days again once we are ready to complete building the last section. Please watch this page and our Facebook page for upcoming events.

How you can help:
1) Be supportive and ride the current trail.

2) Once the final phase of construction starts, don’t ride the new section of trail until it is officially open. You could be subject to fines from the DLNR, and riding unfinished trail damages it.

3) Join OmtbO! If you already joined thank you! Perhaps you can consider an annual gift to help us build more trail miles and tell your family and friends to do the same. More members show land managers that there is justification to legitimize using funds for trails.

4) Get involved! We have a great board, but like every organization we need new ideas, new viewpoints, and new passion. Please attend one of the board meetings to learn more about what we are working on. We would like to hold elections at the end of this year so the founding board can step back and see what the community wants to create with OmtbO and we need your voice to determine what that direction is. With a lot of hands we can pull a lot harder than we can with just a few ……It takes a village!

In Summary:
We are working on securing a builder to finish the trail. We will announce this just as soon as it happens.

Dave’s election to lead the Na Ala Hele Trail advisory council will be good for mountain biking and our relationship with the DLNR and the state of Hawaii. Forming strong relationships with all user groups will lead to better understanding of what trails are needed to satisfy all. This broad based collaborative council helps the state manage the lands we recreate on.

Please do not build other trails, especially ones connected with the Ohana trail. We ask you to respect our efforts to be a great user group by focusing on trails that we have permission to build. Anything else gives the State a bad impression of our organization and destroys the trust we are trying to create.

We hope this will help you better understand what is happening with the Ohana trail and thank you for your interest.

Mahalo for reading
OAHU MOUNTAIN BIKE OHANA