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April 2, 2013 > Hike to historic Honcharenko site

Hike to historic Honcharenko site

Submitted By Myron Freedman

Driving down Mission Boulevard, a sign indicates the Agapius Honcharenko historic site. Have you ever wondered what and where it is? Come out for a hike to the site of the farm and burial place of Ukrainian patriot and orthodox priest, Agapius Honcharenko (1832-1916) and his wife, Albina Citti Honcharenko, who came to Hayward in 1873. The two hour hike will take place on Saturday, April 6.

Agapius Honcharenko promoted human rights for all people, particularly his former countrymen in Russia-controlled Ukraine. He conducted Orthodox Church services on land near the couple's home while Albina held outdoor classes for local children. Honcharenko died in 1916 and was buried next to his wife under a tree near their home.

Hikers will meet at the trail access on Carden Lane, by Stonebrae Elementary School, near the intersection of Fairview Ave. and Hayward Blvd. Only last year, the East Bay Regional Park District officially opened the Carden Lane entrance to Garin Regional Park near the crest of Walpert Ridge. The hike is approximately three miles with a moderate climb at the beginning. The rest of the hike is easy ups and downs along the ridgeline leading to the historic site. Weather permitting there will also be great views looking west toward Hayward, Garin Park, the Bay, and Coyote Hills. Dogs are allowed but must be on leash at all times.

The Honcharenko hike is a "History Around Town" program of the Hayward Area Historical Society, which features lectures, workshops, concerts, special tours, and living history events at different sites and places in the Hayward area community.

For additional information regarding the hike, contact Johanna Fassbender at (510) 581-0223 or visit

Hike to historic Honcharenko site
Saturday, Apr 6
9 a.m.
Trail access on Carden Lane (by Stonebrae Elementary School)
Intersection of Fairview Ave. and Hayward Blvd., Hayward
(510) 581-0223

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