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 call (415) 977-5630, or see www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms.

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 car-pooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Car-pooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

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.

KEY
D=distance
, the estimated round trip for the day
E=elevation in feet
; + is gain, – is loss, +/- is up and down.
Classification of Hikes: (E)=Education/Interpretation (C) Conservation (F)Family/Fun (S) Service

 
Saturday, March 18 (Note date change)
Pu`u O`o Trail Dayhike (E)
Contour, Strenuous/ 7 miles, E= 5400′
Pu`u O`o trail starts from Saddle Road between the 22 and 23 mile marker and meanders through kipukas of native plants and birds surrounded by old lava flows.  We will hike the trail to where it intersects Powerline Road and visit the Emisine lava tube.  Bring rain gear, a hat, 1 quart of water and plenty of snacks and lunch, binoculars, headlamp and wear sturdy shoes.
Leaders: Linda Larish 966-6337 and Kana Covington 936-6406
 
Saturday, Sunday, March 25, 26
Hakalau Fish and Wildlife Refuge service trip (S)(E)(C)
Contour, Strenuous/5 miles, E = 5500 =+/- 1000
This is a service project oriented trip that may have the opportunity to bird watch and botanize after working. Be prepared for wet and chilly weather by bringing boots, sun protection, rain gear, warm clothes, binoculars sleeping bag and daypack. Reservations required and there will be a fee for central commissary.
Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante 964-5017

 

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Saturday, April 15

Sandalwood Tree Planting near Saddle Road (S, E, C)

Contour, Moderate, E=7,000

Assist Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting trees on the slope of Mauna Kea at around 7000 feet.  Closed toed shoes required, and sunscreen & raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project.  We should be done by about 3 PM, bring lunch, snacks, and water.

Leader: Rob Culbertson (805) 316-1380

Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23

Pu’u Wa’awa’a DLNR Service Trip (S, E, C)

Rare Dryland Forest restoration on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano. We will stay in a cabin at 3500′. The work will be moderately strenuous. We will learn about this once diverse forest–past, present and future and take a short hike. Meals will be communal. Reserve by April 15 by contacting leader Diane Ware at 967-8642 or Linda Larish, 966-6337.

Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14

NARS Service with State near Kulani prison (S, C, E)

This trip will take us from DLNR base yard in Hilo up Stainback Hwy. to Pu’u Maka’ala Natural Area Reserve bordering the prison and Volcano. We will have overnight use of a house at the base yard in Hilo and moderately strenuous work at 6000′ elevation in a wet forest near the ‘alala release area. Meals will be potluck. Reserve with leader Diane Ware, 967-8642. Co-leader Rob Culbertson


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Saturday, May 13

Leader Gathering and Training (E)

Leaders will gather in Hilo after a day of service to plan upcoming outings, reconnect and review safety protocols on outings. Any interested hikers wanting to lead are welcome. Sign up with Outings Chair, Diane Ware, 967-8642.

Saturday, May 20

Sandalwood Tree Planting near Saddle Road (S, E, C)

Contour, Moderate, E=7,000

Assist Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting trees on the slope of Mauna Kea at around 7000 feet.  Closed toed shoes required, and sunscreen & raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project.  We should be done by about 3 PM, bring lunch, snacks, and water.

Leader: Rob Culbertson (805) 316-1380

Saturday, May 27

Punalu’u Beach Park to Kawa Beach (E)

Shoreline, Moderate/4 miles round trip

We will hike the coastline passing cultural sites on a trail lined with `ili`ili to Kawa Beach. Bring your lunch, a swimsuit, 2 liters of water, and a hat. It will be a hot, exposed hike.

Leaders: Linda Larish 966-6337 and Kana Covington 936-6406

Saturday, June 10

First Aid and CPR Leader Training (E)

This will be an all-day training at UH in Hilo. Please join us if you would like to become an outings leader. Qualified individuals will receive free training in the courses plus training in how to lead Sierra Club outings. For more information contact Diane Ware, 967-8642.

Saturday, June 17

Sandalwood Tree Planting near Saddle Road (S, E, C)

Contour, Moderate, E=7,000

Assist Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting trees on the slope of Mauna Kea at around 7000 feet.  Closed toed shoes required, and sunscreen & raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project.  We should be done by about 3 PM, bring lunch, snacks, and water.

Leader: Rob Culbertson (805) 316-1380

Saturday, June 24

Kulani Peak Trail Day Hike (E)

Contour, Strenuous/10 miles, E = 3900’, + / – 1,000’

Join us and see the “walking Ohia” trees in `O`la`a forest and the summit of Kulani Peak. Wear good hiking shoes, bring a lunch and at least 1 liter of water. We will meet at Cooper Center in Volcano Village and carpool to the trailhead.

Leaders: Linda Larish 966-6337 and Kana Covington 936-6406