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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 call (415) 977-5630, or see www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms.

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 car-pooling arrangements and assumes no liability for them. Car-pooling, ride sharing or anything similar is strictly a private arrangement among the participants. Participants assume the risks associated with this travel.

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.

KEY
D=distance
, the estimated round trip for the day
E=elevation in feet
; + is gain, - is loss, +/- is up and down.
Classification of Hikes: (E)=Education/Interpretation (C) Conservation (F) Family/Fun (S) Service

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Saturday, December 6
Makaopuhi Crater Hike (E) D=8.5 miles, E= 1000', Starting elevation: 3000'
Enjoy fantastic views of Mauna Ulu and Makaopuhi Crater on this moderate hike. Starts at Napau Trail parking lot and ends at Kealakomo Lookout on the Chain of Craters Road. Leaders: Kana Covington 966-8431 and Linda Larish 966-6337.

Saturday, December 20
Restoration of Keau`ohana Rainforest (S, E,C) D = 0.5 miles, E = 600' 
Join the non-profit group, Malama O Puna, in its efforts to restore the largest and most intact lowland native forest remaining in the state. You will learn about a unique forest habitat with numerous native plant species including the endangered Ha`iwale that is only found in the Puna District. Bring mosquito repellant, work gloves, rain gear, good boots and a willingness to work. Leaders: Kana Covington 966-8431 and Linda Larish 966-6337.

Sunday, December 28
Volcanoes NP Loop Hike, Waldron Ledge, through Kilauea Iki Crater and back via Kilauea Iki Rim
(E) D = 6 miles, E= 3,700', +400/- 400'
This hike is in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We will start and end at the Visitors Center, and cover a one way distance of 6 miles on well maintained park trails.
Leaders: Diane Ware 967-8642 and Rich Vogler 328-8387.

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Saturday, January 3
Green Lake Family Outing (F) D = 1 mile, E = sea level
Visit the famous Green Lake in makai Puna.  This is a lake in an old cinder cone by the sea.  Bring lots of water and your lunch.
Leaders:  Sunny and Michael LaPlante 964-5017.

Saturday, January 17
Pepe`ekeo Cliffs Hike (C,E) D = 3 miles, E = sea level
Walk along mowed trails atop the Hamakua Cliffs. We will watch sea birds that nest in the cliffs and may even spot whales. Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante 964-5017.

Sunday, January 18
Restoration of Keau`ohana Rainforest (S,E,C) D = 0.5 miles, E = 600'
Join the non-profit group, Malama O Puna, in its efforts to restore the largest and most intact lowland native forest remaining in the state. You will learn about a unique forest habitat with numerous native plant species including the endangered Ha`iwale that is only found in the Puna District.  Bring mosquito repellant, work gloves, rain gear, good boots and a willingness to work. Leader:  Linda Larish 966-6337.

Saturday, January 24
Pohue Bay Day Hike (E) D = 5 miles, E = sea level +/-700'
Hike down the ancient mauka-makai trail to historic Pohue Bay. This hike is strenuous due to lack of shade and hot and dry conditions. We will come to a beautiful coconut-tree-lined white sand beach where swimming is possible if it's not too rough.
Leaders: Diane Ware 967-8642 and Rich Vogler 328-8387.

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Sunday, February 15
Pu`uhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge) to Ho`okena Dayhike (E,F) D = 4 miles, E = sea level
This is a coastal Ala Kahakai hike over mostly lava and passing cultural sites (Ki`ilae Village) and the old trading village of Ho`okena.  We will have a car shuttle so we can start at the Refuge (entrance fee or pass required) and end at the old trading village of Ho`okena for lunch, whale watching and an optional swim in the bay.
Leaders: Diane Ware 967-8642 and Rich Vogler 328-8387.

Saturday, February 21
Anaeho`omalu Bay (C,E,F) D = 3 miles, E = sea level
This can be a hot and dry hike to Anaeho`omaulu Bay. But the rewards are great; snorkeling, petroglyphs, and anchialine ponds. So bring your hat, swim and snorkel gear, lots of water and lunch and be prepared to enjoy a great day.
Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante 964-5017.

Saturday, February 21
The Nature Conservancy's Kaiholena Unit of the Ka`u Preserve (C,E,S) D = 0.5 miles, E = 2,500'
Join The Nature Conservancy in one of their projects to improve the Ka`u Preserve. We will have an early start, meeting at 7:00 a.m. in Naalehu to ride up to the preserve in TNC's 4-wheel drive vehicles. We should be back to Naalehu by 3:00 p.m. Group size is limited, so reserve early. Leaders: Linda Larish 966-6337 and Jim Buck 315-7914.

Thursday, February 26
Sandalwood Seed Planting near Saddle Road (C,S) D = 0.5 miles, E = 7,000'
Come and join Mark Hanson and the Hawaiian Reforestation Program planting sandalwood seeds in damp areas at around 7,000 feet. Closed toed shoes, sunscreen and raingear are suggested for this rain or shine project. We should be done by about 2:00 p.m., so please bring lunch, snacks, and water.
Leaders: Rob Culbertson 345-8905 and Jim Buck 315-7914

Saturday, February 28
Bike through the Forest at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
(E,F) D = 12.5 miles, E = 4,000' +/-700'
Bike rain or shine down a dirt road closed to motor vehicles.  We'll do a shuttle so we don't have to bike back uphill.  Required equipment are; a bike, pump, spare tube, helmet, gloves, closed-toed shoes, two quarts of water, snacks, and lunch.  Side excursions are possible.  Leaders:  Jim Buck 315-7914 and Diane Ware 967-8642.

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Saturday, March 7
Lokoaka Trails Service Day (C,S)
D = 0.5 miles, E = sea level|
Help clear trails along the Hilo shoreline to pristine lagoons, plant native plants and clear noxious weeds. Be sure to wear sturdy boots or shoes and protective clothing. Bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip after all of your hard work. Leader: Sarah Moon 935-3475

Saturday-Sunday, March 7-8
Hakalau National Wildlife Refuge Service (C,E,S)
D = 2 miles, E = 5,500' =/-500'
We will help the US Fish and Wildlife Service with one of their conservation projects and spend the night in the volunteer cabin. After working we will have the opportunity to bird watch and botanize. Be prepared for wet, cold weather. Bring boots, rain gear, sun protection, warm clothes, gloves, binoculars, sleeping bag and daypack. Reservations are required and the group size is limited. Leaders: Sunny and Michael LaPlante 964-5017.

Saturday, March 14
Whittington Beach Park to Punalu`u Beach Park (E)
D = 5 miles, E = sea level
This is a rugged, exposed coastline hike that follows an ancient Hawaiian trail in some places. We pass cultural sites, fresh water springs and Kawa Beach. We will have lunch at Kawa Beach where we can swim in the ocean or in a fresh water spring. Leaders: Kana Covington 966-8431 and Linda Larish 966-6337.

Saturday, March 21
Humu'ula Trail in the Hilo Forest Reserve Ookala
D = 5-6 miles, E = 2,142' +/-1,500'
Rediscover this historic trail as we enjoy native plants on this moderately steep hike. It's possible to hike all the way up to Keanakolu, but we'll stop after 2 or 3 hours for lunch and return the same way. We recommend that you wear boots, a hat and long pants and bring one quart of water, snacks and lunch.Leaders: Rob Culbertson 345-8905 and Jim Buck 315-7914.

Saturday, March 28
The Great Crack Day Hike (E)
D = 11 miles, E = 3,000' +/-800'
This is a very long, but rewarding hike. Our goal is the Great Crack”one of the wonders of the Big Island. Starting on Highway 11 near mile marker 47, we will explore along a combination of 4-wheel drive roads and pahoehoe lava fields until we reach The Great Crack. Leaders: Diane Ware 967-8642 and Rich Vogler 328-8387.


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