Outings & Events


If you are interested in becoming an Outings Leader, please contact the Hawai’i Island Group Outings Chair Diane Ware at 808-967-8642

Hawai’i Island Group restarted our outings program in December 2021 on a limited basis with a few basic Covid protocols. There will be no organized car pooling at this time.                   
We welcome members and the public to join us.

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 email program.safety@sierraclub.org.

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 Hawai’i Island (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 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.

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

Hawai’i Island Group Sierra Club: We are currently seeking new Outings Leaders. We could especially use some west side leaders, and anyone wanting to lead outings for high school or college students. Leaders may choose the type of activity and location. You can weave a theme like photography or geocaching into the hike, or combine disciplines such as hiking and biking. Leader requirements are fairly basic and easy to meet. There is an online component (Outings 101), periodic trainings with the group, and First Aid/CPR certification paid for by the Group. New leaders assist with an experienced leader and then lead on their own. We ask that leaders commit to leading 3-4 outings per year. We encourage service like beach trash collection with Hawaii Wildlife Fund or climate/conservation projects such as native forest restoration.

Please call Outings Chair Diane Ware at 808-967-8642 if interested. 

Saturday Nov.11, 2023
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hike

Mauna Ulu/Pu’u Huluhulu HVNP Hike

Mauna Ulu/Pu’u Huluhulu HVNP Hike (C, E)  D=3 miles, E= +/- 250′ 

This is a moderate hike with one of the most rewarding panoramas on Kilauea Volcano. We hike  on trail and uneven lava through tree molds to the summit of Pu’u Huluhulu a 500-year-old cone, now forested and home to several native bird species with views of interest from Mauna Ulu’s eruption. Bring water, hat/sunscreen, boots and raingear.

Reserve with leader Sunny LaPlante at 808 964-5017

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Makalawena Ahupua’a, Moku ‘o Kona

Makalawena Ahupua’a, Moku ‘o Kona (C,E,F)

Easy hike D=3.5 miles, E=+/-50’

We will meet and hike from Kekaha Kai State Park at Mahai’ula Bay north along the coast to Makalawena an ancient Hawaiian fishing village of pristine bays, coves, and wetlands where we can swim or snorkel and have lunch. Mahai’ula is also a beautiful bay frequented by monk seals which we were privileged to see in February 2018. Access to the parking area requires 4X4 or high clearance vehicles and carpooling is advised. Bring plenty of water, sun protection (reef safe sunscreen) and closed toed shoes as we cross exposed lava part of the way.

Sign up with leader Diane Ware at 808-967-8642

Recent Outings:

Saturday September 10, 2023Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hike, Ka’u Moku

Saturday, July 15, 2023Pepe’ekeo Cliffs Day Hike  

June 4, 2023 Kealakomo Coastal National Trails Day Hike

May 13, 2023 Ke Ala Kahawai Waikaloa Stream Trail

April 29, 2023 – Escape Road to Puʻu Huluhulu, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

April 22, 2023 – Earth Day Mālama ‘Āina Service, Moku o Kaʻū, South Point area coast

March 25, 2023 – Pu`u O`o Trail Day Hike

March 19, 2023 – Kalopa State Park

January 21, 2023 – Keauhou Ka’u Three Mountain Alliance Service

January 7, 2023 – Onomea Bay Day Hike

November 19, 2022 – Crater Rim Trail (HVNP)

October 22, 2022Whittington/Honuapo Coastal Hike

Sept 10, 2022 – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hike (HVNP) Pu’ u Huluhulu and beyond

August 20, 2022 – Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hike (HVNP) – Kilauea Iki/Byron’s Ledge/Crater Rim

July 9, 2022Pu`uhonua ‘O Honaunau (Refuge) to Ho`okena hike

Onomea Bay hike January 7, 2023                  Courtesy of Mary Marvin Porter

Photo from Honuapo Coastal Hike, Oct 22, 2022

Photo from the Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 outing: Kahalu’u Beach Park Snorkel and Swim 

         Leaders: Rob Culbertson and Diane Ware