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 will publish 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


Saturday, October 13
Punalu‘u Beach Park to Kāwā Beach (E)
Ka‘u District, easy/6 miles, sea level
This is a rugged, exposed coastline hike that follows the Ala Kahakai trail in some places. We pass cultural sites and freshwater springs to arrive at Kāwā Beach. We will have lunch at Kāwā Beach where we can swim if it’s not too rough. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday, November 3
Whittington Beach Coastal Hike (E)
Ka‘u District, easy/4-6 miles, sea level
Expect a rugged exposed coastline hike, not always on an established trail but always beautiful views. Sturdy shoes a must along with plenty of water, a hat, and the usual requirements for a day hike. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante,  964-5017

Sunday, November 11
Kualana Bay to Green Sand Beach (E)
Ka‘u District, South Point, easy/5.5 miles, sea level
This is a special hike that will take us to a olivine green sand beach on the side of a cinder cone.  Swimming here is a must, in the giant swells that come to shore. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Sunday, November 25
Honokāne Nui Lookout from Pololū Valley (E)
Kohala District, easy/3.2 miles, sea level
We will start this hike at the Pololū Valley lookout and take the ‘Āwini Trail to the beach. Hiking across Pololu Valley will take us to the switch backs up the east side of the valley to Honokāne Nui Lookout. From here we have fantastic views of Honokāne Valley and Pololū Valley. Bring plenty of water, lunch, and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday, December 22
Pohue Bay Victory Hike (E/C)
West side, contour, strenuous/5 miles
Hike down the ancient mauka-makai trail to historic Pohue Bay. This area has been under threat of major development several times, the most recent in 2011. Due to sensitive cultural and natural resources the group submitted detailed comments for the EIS. Development was halted and the property is for sale. This hike is strenuous due to exposed, hot and dry conditions. Swimming is possible at a coconut-tree-lined white sand beach, conditions permitting; however, no lifeguard is available. Group size is limited. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642  

Sunday, December 29
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