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

 

MOKU LOA GROUP OUTINGS

Saturday, July15

Pu’u Huluhulu HVNP Hike (C, E)

D=3 miles, E= +/- 250′

This is a moderate hike with one of the most rewarding panoramas on Kilauea Volcano. We hike on trail and uneven lava through tree molds to the summit of this 500-year-old cone, now forested and home to several native bird species. Optional hike to nearby spatter rampart created during the 1969 Mauna Ulu lava flow. Bring water, hat/sunscreen, boots and raingear. Reserve with leaders Diane Ware 967-8642 or Sarah Moon 935-3475.

Saturday, July 22

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

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Saturday, August 12

Fat Tire Lava Entry Sunset Ride (E)

D=5 miles

Bicycle out to see the lava entering the sea from Kalapana and return after dark. This is on a gravel road and then about 1/4 mile hike across rough lava. Good physical condition required, bring water, helmet, lights, food. Good to have spare inner tube, gloves, rain gear and soft pad to sit on. Leaders Michael and Sunny LaPlante 964-5017

Saturday, August 26

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

Sunday, August 27

Green Lake Day Hike (E, F)

In the afternoon, 3 mile distance, elevation sea level to 800′, hike on and around several jungle covered cinder cones and see the largest crater lake in Hawai’i. Then we will continue to the top of the hill for great views of Puna in the Kapoho area. Leaders Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017

Saturday, September 2

Humu’ula Trail, Hilo Forest Reserve, Ookala (E)

D=5-6 miles, E=+/-1500’

Re-discover this historic trail as we enjoy seeing many native plants along this moderately steep hike. It’s possible to hike all the way up to Keanakolu, but we’ll stop after 2 or 3 hours for lunch and return the same way.  We recommend boots, hat and long pants, 1 quart of water, snacks and/or lunch.  Leader:  Rob Culbertson (805) 316-1380.

Saturday, September. 9

Napau Crater Overlook HVNP (C, E)

D =10 miles, E = +/- 1000′

This is a strenuous hike from Kealakomo on the Na’ulu trail over rough lava and then through forest past craters and the pulu factory to the edge of Napau crater. Half of the hike is open lava and half is protected rainforest. We will have lunch at the overlook then hike back down to our cars. Bring lunch, hat, water, boots (expect some rain and mud), and of course rain jacket. Reserve with leaders Diane Ware 967-8642 and Linda Larish 966-6337.

Saturday, September 16

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, September Sept. 23

Pepe’ekeo Cliffs Day Hike (E, C)

Shoreline, Moderate, D=4 miles, E = +/-200’

Scenic vistas, sea birds and some historic sites depending on which part of the trail we go on atop Hamakua cliffs. Not for those afraid of heights.

Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante 964-5017

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