Star-Bulletin Features

Tuesday, February 2, 1999

By John DeMello, Molokai Ranch
The slide across this gully at Kolo Cliffs reaches speeds of 35 mph.

Learning the ropes
at Molokai Ranch

Tim Ryan, Star-Bulletin


Molokai Ranch has just introduced two ways of enjoying the unique experience at the 54,000-acre ranch and not feeling like you're paying for activities you can't do or have no interest in doing.

Out There For $88 a night per person, visitors get three ranch-style meals a day, accommodations, and all transportation on Ranch land while staying at the Paniolo Camp. There's a minimum two-night stay. The normal rate at the Paniolo Camp is $215 a person a day.

For dare devils and risk takers, the Ranch has just introduced the Ropes Challenge Course at its Kolo Cliffs campsite on the island's southwest edge. The Ropes Challenge Course includes 12 different stations where you pull, slide or climb your way through.

There's a rock climbing wall, and a station where you walk a single rope bridge up a cliff. But the most exciting station is the slide across a gully where you reach speeds up to 35 mph.

Kolo Cliffs is an excellent location for the non-stop athlete. Its rugged cliff offers both the challenges of the hills as well as the ocean. The Ropes Challenge Course -- which allows you to test yourself at 12 different levels -- and kayaking are within walking distance to the private yurts.

Kolo features 20 mounted yurts -- circular tents -- able to accommodate up to three adults.

The ranch through March also is capitalizing on optimum viewing conditions for evening stargazing sessions for guests interested in learning about Hawaii's night sky.

Molokai offers one of the clearest views in the country for seeing the Milky Way, Orion Nebula, and other galaxies and stars.

That's because the surrounding ocean limits the amount of light pollution, a steady flow of dry air creates a maximum of cloud-free nights.

During the star gazing sessions guests will learn about various celestial happenings and will receive night-sky charts that show planets, constellations and other stellar sights. Held two weekends a month, the sessions are conducted at Paniolo Camps on Fridays, and Kaupoa Beach Camp on Saturday's.

The schedule is Feb. 5-6 and 19-20; and March 5-6 and 19-20.




Books and periodicals
for the active mind


Fuel the Fire: Perform with Passion Brad Yates, HiLevel Productions. Softcover, $16.95

A teacher, psychologist and public speaker, Brad Yates has drawn on his experience as an athlete and a mentor of athletes to craft a book designed to help the reader get the most out of life. "Fuel the Fire: Perform with Passion" is a manual for boosting your mental, physical and spiritual energy. Yates incorporates stories from a multitude of outstanding athletes windsurfer Robby Naish, surfer Kenny Bradshaw, and swimmer Matt Biondi, among others to illustrate the path to high-level achievement. The book, which breaks down Yates' process into a series of steps, concludes with a bibliography for readers who want to further explore some of the author's sources of inspiration.

For more information, call HiLevel Productions at 523-8911.

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