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.

Due to recent and ongoing volcanic activity, outings are subject to rescheduling or cancellation. If vog, ashfall, or other eruption effects are severe, an outing may be cancelled. If in doubt, please contact leaders prior to outing.

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

MOKU LOA GROUP OUTINGS

Saturday, June 30
Kalōpā Nature Trail and Old Jeep Road and Gulch Trail (E/F)
Hāmākua Coast, easy/4 miles
First, we will start by visiting the kolea, kopiko, and ferns following a trail through Kalōpā 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 Kalōpā gulches. Leader: Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday July 14
Leaders Training (E)
North Hilo, easy
All current and prospective leaders will meet to fulfill leader training requirement to complete Outings Leader 101 course online. We will meet at the Laplante house in Pepeʻekeo with our wifi units to review and complete the course online. The Laplante’s have an extra wifi unit for anyone lacking access. Bring your laptop, tablet, or iPhone and lunch. Prospective leaders should sign up with Diane Ware, 967-8642

Saturday, July 21
Pepeʻekeo Cliffs Day Hike (E/C)
North Hilo District shoreline, moderate/4 miles
Scenic vistas, sea birds, and some historic sites depending on which part of the trail we go on atop the cliffs. Not for those afraid of heights. Leaders:  Michael and Sunny LaPlante, 964-5017

Saturday, July 28
Mauna Kea Service Outing (S)
Hāmākua District near Saddle Road, easy/1 mile
Please join Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting sandalwood and other native seedlings in areas around 7000 feet on Mauna Kea. Hiking boots, sunscreen, and raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project. We should be done by about 3 pm, so please bring lunch, snacks, and water. Bird watching in this palila critical habitat is an option afterward. Leader: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380

Saturday,  August 4
Victory Hike: Puʻu Makaʻala (E/C)
Puna District, moderate/4 to 6 miles
Join us for an enchanting, interpretive hike through very old growth native forest that is protected and fenced by Natural Area Reserve System and enlarged with support of Moku Loa Group after the prison was closed. Some of the ʻōhiʻa in this forest form mini ecosystems with 4-6 species connected. Some rare and endangered plants are found here and we will see lobelias, rare mints, meu ferns, and if lucky a few ʻiʻiwi. Bring lunch, water, sturdy boots, and rain gear for this rainforest hike. Limited to 8 participants. Leader: Diane Ware, 967-8642

Friday, August 17
Kaloli to Hāʻena (Shipman Beach) (E)
Puna District, easy/6 miles at sea level
Hike on a historic trail in Puna from Paradise Park to the beach at Hāʻena. The trail used to be an inland carriage road. At Hāʻena Beach, we will see nēnē at the Shipman estate and swim with the turtles. Bring water, rain poncho, swimsuit, and lunch. Leader:  Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday, August 18
Wailuku River Day Hike (E/C)
South Hilo District, moderate/6 miles
This hike is along a jeep trail that goes to the Wailuku River. If the weather has been rainy the road is dotted with small ponds that need to be passed through or around. There may be the option for swimming at the river, but at your own risk. Wear hiking boots and bring sun protection, water, and lunch. Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante, 964-5017

Saturday, August 25
Mauna Kea Service (S)
Hāmākua District near Saddle Road, easy/1 mile
Please join Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting sandalwood and other native seedlings in areas around 7,000 feet on Mauna Kea. Hiking boots, sunscreen, and raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project. We should be done by about 3 pm, so please bring lunch, snacks, and water. Bird watching in this palila critical habitat is an option afterward. Leader: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380

Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Service Trip (S)
North Hilo District, moderate/4 miles
You have read about it, now is your chance to do it! The service projects at the Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge usually involve planting native species such as koa or working in the greenhouse. Accommodations are at a well-equipped cabin at 6,200 feet elevation with electricity, running water, flush toilet, hot shower, kitchen, and bunk beds with mattresses. Participants will need to bring their own sleeping bags. At this high elevation, cold wet weather is always possible, so warm clothing and footwear and good quality raingear are necessary. Raingear can also be borrowed from the refuge. Free time activity may include a hike in the koa/ʻōhiʻa forest to observe endangered native forest birds. There is a fee for central commissary. Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante, 964-5017

Saturday, September 15
Snorkel Lapakahi (C/E)
North Kohala District, easy/sea level
This designated marine reserve also sits adjacent to a rich Hawaiian archaeological/historical site in Kohala. We especially want to invite participation of any experienced watermen and women 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 underwater camera. Leader: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380

Saturday, September 22
Puʻu Oʻo Trail Day Hike (E)
South Hilo District, moderate/7 miles
Puʻu Oʻo trail starts from Saddle Road between the 22 and 23 mile marker and meanders through kipukas of native plants and birds surrounded by old lava flows. We will hike the trail to where it intersects Powerline Road and visit the Emisine lava tube. Bring rain gear, hat, 1 quart of water, and plenty of snacks and lunch, binoculars, headlamp, and wear sturdy shoes. Leader:  Linda Larish, 966-6337

Saturday, September 29
Mauna Kea Service Outing (S)
Hāmākua District near Saddle Road, easy/1 mile
Please join Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting sandalwood and other native seedlings in areas around 7,000 feet on Mauna Kea. Hiking boots, sunscreen, and raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project. We should be done by about 3 pm, so please bring lunch, snacks, and water. Bird watching in this palila critical habitat is an option afterward. Leader: Rob Culbertson, 805-316-1380