Moonlight excursions provide outdoor recreation

(Via Ho’okele News)

Photo courtesy of Shutter Stock

Photo courtesy of Shutter Stock

Kayak excursions are some of the most popular activities offered by Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Outdoor Recreation Program.

A twist on these activities is available this month with MWR’s moonlight paddle. Available when the moon is at its fullest, the moonlight paddle provides a different perspective to kayakers on the waters of Hickam Harbor. In stark contrast to the day, paddling at night means participants are limited to what they can see in front of them.

Guide Kyle Candilasa said it can create a small adrenaline rush because participants are surrounded by darkness. “It’s sort of a rush seeing only what your head-lamp show in front. It’s a little eerie and fun at the same time,” Candilasa said. The next moonlight paddle at Hickam Harbor will begin at 7 p.m. Feb. 14. Participants need to sign up by Feb. 10.

“You can watch the full moon rise, and if it’s not cloudy you can see the stars over the ocean as you paddle out,” Candilasa said.

Patrons who prefer land over water can take a moonlight hike instead. OAC will host a moonlight hike to Makapu’u lighthouse at 5:30 pm. Feb. 15. Participants need to sign up by Feb.12. This is a family-friendly hike and headlamps will be provided.

For more information, call Hickam Harbor at 449-5215 or OAC at 473-1198.

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