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.
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
Saturday, March 23
Honomalino Bay Hike and Snorkel (E/C)
South Kona District, easy/2 miles
After a short hike to Honomalino Bay from Miloli‘i, we will explore the bay by land and sea. Our mission to monitor the reef conditions such as type and number of fish and coral conditions. We may also see dolphins and whales. Besides normal hiking gear please bring snorkel gear if you desire. No lifeguards. Leaders: Diane Ware, 967-8642 and Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380.
Friday, April 13
Stewardship at the Summit, (S/E/C)
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP), moderate/1-2 miles
We will be doing service in the Park in conjunction with Hawai’i Volunteers Week. Work consists of ginger cutting for 3 hours and requires up to 1-mile hiking. This event is sponsored by HVNP. Wear hiking boots, bring water and gloves, rain gear and snacks or lunch. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642. Please register by April 1.
Saturday, April 13
Kalapana Coastal Day Hike (E/F/C)
Puna District, easy/ 6 miles
This hike begins at Kalapana. We will hike out to the beach at Kaimu, then explore the shoreline south of Kaimu over rough lava. In many places, lava has changed the coastline. We will have lunch at a secret kipuka and then return. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017.
Saturday, April 20
Kalopa Nature Trail and Old Jeep Road and Gulch Trail (E/F)
Hamakua District, easy/4 miles
First, 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.
Saturday, April 27
Snorkel Puako (C/E)
South Kohala District, easy/sea level
This beautiful bay and reefs near the Kohala resorts always hold surprises for those willing to get in the water. This outing is part of our series devoted to the appreciation of the marine life of Hawaii’s ‘Gold Coast’. 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 the reef and its marine ecology. Bring standard outings needs such as water, sun protection and snacks as well as personal snorkel gear, fish ID cards, and an underwater camera if you have one. Leaders: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380 and Diane Ware, 967-8642.
Sunday, May 5
Escape Road to Pu`u Huluhulu (E/F)
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, moderate/7.5 miles
We’ll do this as a car shuttle from the Devastation Trail parking lot to the Mauna Ulu parking lot. We will start out hiking in the beautiful rain forest, traverse a pahoehoe lava field and then climb Pu`u Huluhulu where we can eat lunch.
Leaders: Linda Larish, 967-6337 and Diane Ware, 967-8642.
Sunday, May 12
Pu’u Huluhulu Day Hike (E/F/C)
North Hilo District. easy/1 mile
On Saddle Road, by MileMarker 27.7. A short double loop trail, constructed by the Youth Conservation Corps, encircles both crests of the hill. The trail provides an excellent opportunity to view native plants and birds which were once abundant prior to the introduction of livestock and the lava flows of 1843 and 1935 in the area. A slow-paced hike suitable for photography, sketching and relaxing with family and friends. Mothers are especially welcome. Leaders: Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017.
Saturday, May 18
Outing Leaders Training
First Aid and CPR at the University of Hawaii Hilo for leader certification. This is an all day class, so bring a lunch and water. The cost is covered by Moku Loa Group from donations collected on outings. New leaders are encouraged to come. Call Diane Ware to register if you are interested in becoming a leader, 967-8642.
Friday, June 7
Explore Pohoiki, (E/ F)
Puna District, moderate/ 3-4 miles
We will explore Pele’s 2018 lave flow at Pohoiki, see new beaches Pele made and hike up Mango Road for views of the area. Lunch will be on the beach. Sturdy boots are required for traversing rough lava, wear sun protection, bring water and swim gear is optional. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642.
Friday, June 21
Pu’u Maka’ala NAR (E)
Ka’u 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. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337.