Outings & Events

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.

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

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

Saturday, February 11, 2023
Wiliwili Festival, Waikaloa Dryforest Initiative

Wiliwili Festival, Waikaloa Dryforest Initiative (E, C, F)

Waikoloa, easy D=1-2 miles E=2500’

This will be both a fun and educational event with a focus on experiencing a rare Hawaiian dry land forest featuring the iconic wiliwili trees and other native plants you maybe have never seen. We will meet at the site at 10 am. Our experience will include a guided 30 minute walk that will explore the restoration areas within the Waikōloa Dry Forest and will highlight natural history, and the work of the Waikōloa Dry Forest Initiative. There is a presentation, Birds Not Mosquitoesat noon, and a native planting workshop at 1 pm. We have done service at the forest in the past and encourage members to get involved in restoration of native ecosystems. You will need close toed shoes due to rough terrain, 1-2 qts of water, and sun protection. There will be exhibits and food vendors if you choose not to bring food. Call leader Diane Ware, 808-967-8642, for details about meeting and attending as a group. Assistant leader Keith Neal.


Recent Outings:

January 21, 2013 – 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