When Dave Eldredge’s death was announced, the Honolulu Advertiser ran a Ferd Lewis column written in Eldredge’s honor (I’d link to this but you now have to pay to read the column online).
The column began with the following: “It was known as the “Tiger Hunt” — a drill so dreaded and exhausting that, to this day, 40-plus years later in some cases, it still evokes painful cringes from many …” Interestingly, the term “Tiger Hunt” was never defined anywhere in the column leaving one to wonder just exactly what Mr. Lewis was talking about.
I thought I knew but, not having been a member of the football team, was not sure. Fortunately, thanks to facebook and Bobby Chinn’s gracious answer to my query, I now know the answer. According to Bobby:
I’m not sure, but I recall “Tiger Hunts” being “laps” that we ran on a hillside path above the Diamond Head curve in the track at Alexander Field. The path started at the lower end of the hillside where the turn in the track started, then wound up and down the hillside surrounding the turn in the track. Each time you reached to top of the hill you ran around each one of the the trees (poincianas?) lining Piper’s Pali. The hill got progressively steeper and longer each time you headed back up towards the next tree, about 9 or 10 in total. I got this picture from Google Earth, then drew in the path (crudely, but you get the idea):
Note: Bobby is correct in that those are Royal Poinciana trees around which he would run. The trees that existed in our day were replaced in the summer of 1999 after one toppled over. Looking at the track landscaping today, you wouldn’t see a difference from how it looked in 1974 … with the exception of the long gone Tiger Hunt trail which once graced its Diamond Head bank.