The George B. Carter Serteens Club of Hawaii - The Legacy of George B. Carter
I first crossed Kilauea Crater with George B. Carter in the early 70’s. Since then, I have been across the crater many times. The memories of those hikes across the barren ground, “A Walk on the Moon,” sticks with me. Memories of George encouraging others to turn back at “Carter’s Retreat” and lessons learned to stay on the trails will stay with me forever. George served as a mentor to many of us.
Later, as Halemaumau began to act up, and it was no longer safe to cross the crater to look into the “Big Hole,” we started hiking a new route for our acclimatization hike. The route took us from Kilauea Military Camp down into the crater, across the “Moonscape” of Kilauea Iki Crater to the Thurston Lava Tube and back to Camp along the Crater Rim Trail through the “Jungle.”
After the eruption in 2018, we will be venturing into a new, changed, landscape. Many of the old memories, will be just that – memories. The Halemaumau overlook, parking lot, and “Carter’s Retreat” are gone. We will be establishing new memories.
George had many loves. Sertoma, Serteens and Kilauea Military Camp were definitely at the top.
Serteens, Sertomans, and Serteen Alumni have been hiking the crater trails in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park almost every year since the early 70’s as part of the legacy that George left behind. The Honolulu Sertoma Club is committed to carrying that legacy into the future.
Please join me in ensuring that Sertoma, the Honolulu Sertoma Club, and the Legacy that George left behind has a bright and prosperous future.
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