Outings & Events

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 (Hawaii Island) 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 will publish notice of ROD prone areas in outing descriptions. 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.

Photo credit: Maile and Ray Carr

Requested donations
Members and participants under 18 is $1 Donation for others: $5.

Supplies to 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

Upcoming Outings

Friday, September 6
Snorkel Honaunau Bay (E/F)
South Kona District, easy/sea level
Part of our developing marine activity section, we want to investigate the marine life near the historic Pu’uhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge) site. We especially want to invite the participation of any experienced water-persons with knowledge and memories of this special place. Together we will enjoy and assess the richness of the bay and its marine ecology. Good possibilities for seeing spinner dolphins. Bring standard outings needs such as water, sun protection and snacks as well as personal snorkel gear, fish ID cards and underwater camera. Leader: Rob Culbertson, (805) 316-1380.

Saturday, September 14
Onomea Bay day hike (E/F)
North Hilo District, Easy/2 miles, E = 200+/- sea level
A short hike into a gem of a place, a coastal tropical rainforest along a scenic shoreline. There is a stream to cross so expect to get wet feet or change to water shoes. Some history will be given on this interpretive hike. Please practice ROD protocol. Wear sturdy shoes, a walking stick, water, a hat/visor and a snack. Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante, 964-5017.

Friday, September 20
Kaloli to Haena (Shipman Beach)(E)
Puna District, easy/6 miles, sea level
Hike on a historic trail in Puna from Paradise Park to the beach at Haena. The trail used to be an inland carriage road. At Haena Beach, we will see Nene at the Shipman estate and turtles at Haena Beach. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, a rain poncho, a swimsuit and lunch. Leader: Linda Larish, text or call (808) 657-9640.

Saturday, September 21
Kilauea Iki (E/F/C)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, moderate/4-5 miles, E @ 3800 ft +/- 480 ft
A pleasant family hike in Hawaii Volcanoes starting at Kilauea trail parking lot. We will be walking through a wooded area to discover the native vegetation, with great views of Kilauea Iki crater. Then down to the crater floor, past steam vents to view the cinder cone formed during the 1959 eruption. We will return the same way as the entire trail has not been reopened yet. Follow ROD protocol; wear sturdy boots, bring plenty of water, sun and rain protection, sunglasses, lunch and walking stick. Leader: Roberta Brashear-Kaulfers at 966-7002.

Friday, October 4
Native Plant Restoration (C/S)
Puu Waawaa, westside
Service outing to help maintain rare and endangered plants in special management zone administered by DLNR. We will work with Mark Hanson again and learn about the special efforts to restore this rare dryland habitat, historically home to the greatest diversity of endemic species in Hawaii. Bring usual personal gear including gloves, hat and long pants as well as snacks and plenty of water. ROD protocols observed. Leader: Rob Culbertson (805) 316-1380.

Saturday, October 5
Mauna Loa Strip Road Dayhike (C/E)
D=4 miles, E = 6662 +/- 10000
This is a high elevation hike from the top end of the Mauna Loa Strip Rd. We will go about 2 miles, have lunch and return. The trail quickly climbs through alpine shrubs and bare lava with chances for beautiful views if the weather is clear. Bring warm clothes and rain gear with your normal dayhike accessories. ROD protocol please.
Leaders MIchael and Sunny LaPlante 964-5017

Sunday, October 13
Pu’u Maka’ala NAR (E) 
Kau District, moderate/5 -7 miles, 4,600 ft.
Join us and see the “walking Ohia” trees in `O`la`a forest.  Wear good hiking shoes, bring a lunch and at least 2 liters of water.  We will meet at Cooper Center in Volcano Village and carpool to the trailhead.
Leaders: Linda Larish (text or call) 808-657-9640, Roberta Brashear 808-966-7002.

Saturday, October 19
Kiholo Bay Service Project (E/C/S)
North Kona, moderate service at sea level
We will be working with The Nature Conservancy to restore the ancient fishing pond by clearing invasives around and in the pond and possibly planting native species. This is a very rewarding experience with a large local ohana participation. Be sure to bring lots of water and reef safe sun protection. Service ends by 1:00 pm with potluck lunch and an opportunity to enjoy the bay after. Please register early with leader, Diane Ware, at 967-8642.

Saturday, October 26
Snorkel Richardson (C/E)
Keaukaha area eastside, easy/sea level
Part of our series devoted to appreciating the marine life and our precious coral reefs. Richardson Beach Park is well known and loved by residents and visitors alike; considered the go to place for easy access on the eastside. But is it the case that we are ‘loving’ this place too much?  We especially want to invite participation by experienced ‘water-persons’ with knowledge and memories of this special place.  Together we will investigate and assess the richness of this marine park and its ecology. Bring standard outings needs such as water, sun protection and snacks as well as personal snorkel gear, fish ID cards and underwater camera.
Leader: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380 with assistance by Sarah Moon 808-935-3475.

Saturday, November 16
Honuaula Forest Reserve Hike (C/F/E)
North Kona, moderate/4.5 miles, +/-750′
Join us for a first time outing for Hawaii Island Group to this forest reserve on the slopes of Hualalai. We will join another group with experience of the area. It is described as a Jurassic Park like ecosystem. We will start early. Bring sun protection, boots, water, snacks or lunch.
Call leader, Diane Ware, at 967-8642 to sign up. 

Tuesday, November 19
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. Come join us on this hike along the ocean.
Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante 964-5017 

Sunday December 8
Pu’u O’o dayhike off Saddle Road (E)
D=5-7 miles, E = 5700′ +/- 100
An easy-paced hike at high elevation will make a cool hike that will go through some native forest kipukas and return on the same route. Changeable weather means bring warm clothes and raingear along. ROD protocol please. Leaders Sunny and Michael LaPlante 964-5017

Sunday, December 15
Kalopa Nature Trail and Old Jeep Road and Gulch Trail (E/F)
Hamakua District, easy/4 miles
We will start by visiting the kolea, kopiko and ferns following a trail through Kalopa 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 Kalopa gulches.
Leader:  Linda Larish 967-6337