Outings & Programs

Outings are conducted in accordance with Sierra Club outing policies. Participants need to recognize the authority of the leader and plan to remain with the group for the entire outing. Sierra Club carries no participant accident insurance. In order to participate in one of Sierra Club’s outings, you will need to sign a liability waiver. If you would like to read a copy of the waiver prior to the outing, please click here or call (415) 977-5630.

In the interest of facilitating the logistics of some outings, it is customary that participants make car-pooling arrangements. The Sierra Club does not have insurance for carpooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Carpooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

The Moku Loa Group Outings are now subject to “ROD Protocol” which asks participants of hikes in ‘ōhi‘a forest to wear clean clothes and scrub their boots, then spray with alcohol. We willpublish notice of ROD prone areas in outing description. This preventative procedure is best done at home before reaching the area but leaders will have needed items at meeting places. Please help us protect our precious forests.

Requested donation for members and participants under 18 is $1. Donation for others: $5. 

For most hikes, bring 2 quarts of water, rain gear, sturdy hiking shoes, hiking stick, hat/visor, and lunch.

Classification of Hikes: (E)=Education/Interpretation (C) Conservation (F) Family/Fun (S) Service


Sunday, April 15
Restoration of Keau‘ohana Rainforest (S/E/C)
Puna district, easy/1 mile
Join the Keau‘ohana Forest Reserve team in its efforts to restore the largest and most intact lowland native forest remaining in the state. Besides pulling invasive weeds, you will learn about a unique forest habitat with numerous native plant species including the endangered ha‘iwale that is only found in the Puna district. You will also help transplant some endemic plants into their new home and after working take a hike on one of the trails around the reserve. Bring mosquito repellent, work gloves, good boots, and a bright outlook. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Sunday, April 22
Victory Hike: Loop from Kohanaiki through ‘O‘oma and Back (S/E)
West side, easy/3 miles
Join us for a hot, coastal hike to see first hand what the group and community effort over years has succeeded in preserving from another luxury development. We will pick up trash along the way as service. Bring lots of water and sun protection. All are welcome. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642 for reservations

Saturday, May 5
Loop Around Kilauea Iki (E/F)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, moderate/6 miles
Join us on a pleasant hike in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. We will begin and end this hike at the Kīlauea Visitor Center. In between, we will hike along Waldon’s Ledge to Devastation Trail. Then we will hike up the Crater Rim Trail to Escape Road. From Escape Road we will emerge at Thurston Lava Tube and then continue along Kīlauea Iki’s rim to Waldron’s ledge again. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday May 19
Pepe‘ekeo Cliffs Day Hike(E/C)
Hāmākua shoreline, moderate/4 miles
Scenic vistas, sea birds, and some historic sites depending on which part of the trail we go on atop the Hāmākua cliffs. Not for those afraid of heights. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017

Saturday, May 26
Circle Waikea Pond Hike (E/F)
South Hilo District, easy/2 miles
An easy, fairly level walk around Waikea Pond. Enjoy great views of the pond, migratory and native birds, and learn the early history of the area. Wear covered toe shoes and bring a quart of water. Leaders: Sarah Moon, 935-3475 and Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday, June 23 – CANCELLED
Stewardship at the Summit (S/C)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, easy/0.5 miles
Help Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park control ginger in the park. We will work within one mile from the Kīlauea Visitor Center. We should be pau by 2 pm. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642

Saturday, June 30
Kalōpā Nature Trail and Old Jeep Road and Gulch Trail (E/F)
Hāmākua Coast, easy/4 miles
First, we will start by visiting the kolea, kopiko, and ferns following a trail through Kalōpā State Park’s native forest. After a short break, we will continue on the old jeep road to the highest elevation in the park passing through groves of 70 year old eucalyptus, silk oak, and paperbark trees. After lunch at the top, we will descend back to the cabins along the Hanaipoe and Kalōpā gulches. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337