50 looks good on us!

2018 marks the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi’s 50th year of service here in Hawaiʻi nei! Founded in 1968, the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi is recognized as one of the oldest and most effective grassroots environmental organizations in the islands. Started by a small group of committed people passionate about the outdoors, today we have grown to more than 20,000 members and supporters volunteering to help people better explore, enjoy, and protect Hawaiʻi’s unique environment and wildlife.

Thanks to the support of our members and generous folks like you, people in Hawaiʻi are better connected to their environment and their public policy makers. Through our first 50 years we have been instrumental in protecting Hawaiʻi’s ecosystems, trails, and sustainability goals including:

  • The Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi’s landmark lawsuit, Palila v. Hawaiʻi, jumpstarting decades of native forest restoration efforts on Mauna Kea that continue to this day. This case was the first ever to give a non-human standing in court.
  • Bringing Hawaiʻi to the forefront of recycling programs through the establishment of our beverage container deposit system, know today as the HI-5 program, and the incredibly successful curbside recycling program.
  • Building countless hiking trails, including the well-known Maunawili, Aihualama, and Kalalau trails, and providing service to countless others like Kuliʻouʻou, Hawaiʻi Loa, and Kamakou.
  • Advocating for a clean energy future through the establishment of Hawaiʻi’s 100% renewable energy goals and preventing the NextEra takeover of Hawaiian Electric Company.
  • Forming the Sierra Club’s High School Hikers program in 1971, introducing thousands of youth to the many aspects of environmental protection, perpetuation, and advocacy—a program that continues in this mission today.

We are still BEAMING from our Mālama i ka Honua 50th anniversary event on September 8. We cannot thank you enough for joining us at Moliʻi Gardens to celebrate our 50 years of service to Hawaiʻi.

It certainly was an evening not to forget. With friends, old and new, we had a wonderful time reminiscing about the first 50 years and looking to the next 50. Seeing all the support and aloha that you have for our organization continues to inspire us to work harder to protect the things that we all love in the islands. 

A huge thank you to our chefs of the evening from Pili Group, ʻUmeke Market, Kaimuki Superette, the Nook Neighborhood Bistro, and Koko Head Cafe. And to our jammin entertainers, Paula Fuga and Taimane for helping us ring in our 50th year right!

Want to relive the evening? Find more photos here!

If you didn’t get a chance to grab some of our limited edition, 50th anniversary commemorative merchandise—like our recently published Mālama i ka Honua coffee table book, Kealopiko x Sierra Club pareo, vintage 1970s outings patch remake, and more—check out our online store here to get yours before they are gone.

Mahalo to our Mālama i ka Honua sponsors and partners:



Malama i ka Honua: Fifty years of the Sierra Club in Hawaiʻi Coffee Table Book

In honor of the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi’s 50th year of service in Hawaiʻi, we published a book documenting the stories of the people who helped shape the Club into the most powerful environmental advocacy organization in the islands.

Written by Lorin Eleni Gill, the grandniece of the Hawaiʻi Chapter’s co-founder, Lorin T. Gill with breathtaking images by Nate Yuen, we hope you enjoy this book journeying through our first 50 years—and are inspired for the next 50 to come.

Click here to order your copy today!

Don’t miss out!

We still have limited edition merchandise available – like our recently published Mālama i ka Honua coffee table book, Kealopiko x Sierra Club pareo, vintage 1970s outings patch remake, and more. Click here to get yours before they are gone forever!

Another HUGE mahalo to everyone that joined us to celebrate in-town at Cafe Julia.

We had a marvelous evening together, taking trips down memory lane and swapping stories about the good ‘ol times from the Club’s beginning, to the start of the Chapter’s many groups and programs, through today. Fellow members and supporters reminisced about their start with the Club and the wonderful adventures spent with Hawaiʻi Chapter co-founder, Lorin Gill.

A big thank you to Sean Marrs for capturing the evening in breathtaking photos and Alan Akaka for the delightful music.

Find photos of the evening here!

Hike with us through our victories!

Lorin Gill leading hike into Wailau, 1974
Photo by Glenn Bauer

One way we will be commemorating our half-century in Hawaiʻi is by hosting victory hikes throughout the state, at least one per quarter by each group. Each victory hike will celebrate the club’s past, present, and future efforts in building, protecting, preserving and/or improving a particular area.

We encourage you to attend one or more of these outings and bring along friends to join in the celebration and learn about the club’s efforts and successes. Read about past Victory Hikes and click here for the 2018 July-September victory hikes – see you on the trails!