Kauaʻi Group Hikes & Service Projects

KAUAʻI GROUP OUTINGS

Join us on one of these great outings to discover the natural treasures of our island.    Mileage is total miles.  Outings focus on:  (C) Conservation/Interpretative, (E) Educational, (F) Family/Fun, and/or (S) Service.   Requested donation from Sierra Club members and participants under 18 is $1.   For all others requested donation is $5. 

Important changes to how non-residents of Hawaii access the Na Pali Coast Trail/ Haena State Park started in June 2019.  Go to the bottom of this page to see our summary of key information you need to know since action and planning ahead on your part is necessary.   

Note:  Women are advised not to hike remote trails or camp alone on Kauaʻi.

Interested in becoming a Sierra Club outings leader?  If so, please contact JudyDalton123@gmail.com to find out how much fun you could be having while giving people the opportunity to explore the island, enjoy its beauty, and inspire them to protect it.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Saturday, December 21
Jewel of Koke’e.  Strenuous 7 miles (C/E/F) 
Spectacular hike through forests of Koke’e, Black Pipe Trail, Canyon Trail, Po’omau Canyon Lookout.  Cross over Waipo’o Falls for a view of Waimea Canyon to the ocean.
Leader:  Ken Fasig 808-346-1229

Tuesday, December 31
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.  Poipu area. Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F)
Spectacular coastal walk with breath taking views along this magnificent coastline! 
Leader:  Lee Gately 661-373-4834

Friday, January 10
Donkey Beach (Kuna Bay) Sunset to Full Moon Coastal Walk.   East Shore/ Moderate 4.5 miles one way (C/E/F).
We start off in the late afternoon meeting at Kapa’a Library and shuttle our cars to start our walk along the coastal path from Donkey Beach ending back at the library as we watch an almost moon rise over the ocean.  Learn how the Planning Commission was legally challenged to assure increased building setbacks along the ridge at Donkey Beach to preserve the views on and along the coastline.  See the area that was cleared of a large swath of tall, healthy trees in November without a permit.
Leader:  Judy Dalton 808-482-1129

Saturday, January 11:
Maha’ulepu Coastal Hike.   Po’ipu area.   Moderate 4 miles round-trip / Mild elevation change on a rocky trail (C/E/F).
Spectacular coastal walk with breathtaking views along this magnificent coastline!
Leader:  Vivian Hager 808-652-3234

Sunday, January 12:
Kealia to Anahola Coastal Walk.   East Shore.  Moderate, 5 miles / 250 feet elevation gain.  (C/E/F)
We will thoroughly explore the coast and enjoy the lovely views afforded by the East Shore between Kealia and Anahola.  The first part of this outing is easy on the bike/walk path up until Donkey Beach.  The rest is unpaved and moderately rated.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]

Saturday, January 25:
“Descent into Waimea Canyon: The Kukui Trail”.   Intermediate 5.5 miles / 2300 feet elevation gain (C/E/F).
We will hike from the rim of Waimea Canyon down to its base and admire the majesty of this canyon along the way.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães 650(dash)906(dash)2594

Sunday, January 26:
Kuilau Ridge Trail. East side.   Easy to moderate 3.5miles/ 280 feet elevation change (C/E/F).
A gentle steady walk on a wide path with sweeping view of lush valleys and Mount Waiʻaleʻale and Makaleha Mountain Ranges.  This trail offers great rewards without a lot of effort.  Glorious views and ever-present bird songs reward you along this trail.  Hike to bridge and picnic tables for lunch.
Leader:  Vivian Hager 808-652-3234

Thursday, February 6:
Maha’ulepu Sunset to Moonlight Walk.   South Shore/ Moderate/4 miles.  Mild elevation change. (C/E/F).
Start out mid-afternoon from Shipwreck Beach walking along the coast to Maha’ulepu. Enjoy the setting sun and a nearly full moon rise. Spectacular coastal walk. We’ll shuttle cars for an easy trip back to the trailhead.
Leader:  Bill Snyder 808-652-1718

Sunday, February 9:
Wai Koa Loop Trail. North Shore.   Easy, 4.5 miles/ 200 feet elevation gain.  (C/E/F)
We’ll pass through the Kilauea Forest and then the largest mahogany plantation in North America.  Then, the trail opens up and we’ll enjoy impressive views of Mount Namahana, which means “the twin branches” in Hawaiian, and hike near lovely farms and ranches.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]

Saturday, February 15:
“Jewel of Koke’e”.   Strenuous 7 miles (C/E/F)
Spectacular hike through forests of Koke’e, Black Pipe Trail, Canyon Trail, Po’omau Canyon Lookout.  Cross over Waipo’o Falls for a view of Waimea Canyon to the ocean.
Leader:  Ken Fasig 808-346-1229

Saturday, February 22:
Kuilau Ridge Trail.   East side.  Easy to moderate 3.5miles/ 280 feet elevation change (C/E/F).
A gentle steady walk on a wide path with sweeping view of lush valleys and Mount Waiʻaleʻale and Makaleha Mountain Ranges.  This trail offers great rewards without a lot of effort.  Glorious views and ever-present bird songs reward you along this trail.  Hike to bridge and picnic tables for lunch.
Leader:  Vivian Hager 808-652-3234

Sunday, February 23:
“Nounou Mountain: Ascent from the East”.   East Side.  Intermediate, 3.2 miles/ 1000 feet elevation change (C/E/F)
Nounou Mountain, which is also more popularly called “Sleeping Giant”, offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Side of Kauai. We will explore the east side and summit.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães 650(dash)906(dash)2594

Saturday, March 7:
Waimea Canyon Rim Vistas Hike.   West Side.  Intermediate, 4.5 miles / 1100 feet elevation gain. (C/E/F)
Explore lovely panoramic views of the Waimea Canyon and ocean beyond as we follow the Canyon Trail to Waipo’o Falls and then continue beyond the waterfall on a fun adventure getting to a spectacular vista point that is infrequently visited.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]

Sunday, March 8
Wailua Beach To Nukoli’i Beach Sunset to Full Moon Walk.   East Shore/easy 2 miles. (C/E/F)
Enjoy the full moon glistening on the ocean as we walk along the wide sandy beach.  Learn about Sierra Club’s role in stopping construction of a 3/5 mile long beach-destroying seawall along the pristine coastline between Wailua and Nukoli’i Beaches back in 1996.  We’ll have a picnic dinner before we start off on our delightful coastal walk.
Leader:  Judy Dalton 482-1129

Saturday, March 14:
Nawiliwili Lighthouse Coastal Walk.   Moderate 3 miles (C/E/F)
Hike from Kalapakī Beach to Nawiliwili Lighthouse, then along the coast to Hanamāʻulu Bay with shuttle to return.  Enjoy views along the rugged coast.
Leader:  Ken Fasig 808-346-1229

Saturday, March 21:
Na Pali Coast Trail to Hanakapi’ai Beach.   North Shore. Intermediate, 4 miles / 1200 feet elevation gain.  (C/E/F).
Hike begins at Ke’e Beach and follows the Kalalau Trail with its stunning coastal views for 2 miles to Hanakapi’ai Beach.  After a relaxing, soothing lunch at the beach, we will return along the same route.  The scenery and views are truly spectacular on this personal favorite hike.
Leader:  Julio Magalhães [650(dash)906(dash)2594]


IMPORTANT CHANGES IN ACCESS TO THE NA PALI COAST TRAIL AND HAENA STATE PARK FOR NON-RESIDENTS:  If you are not a resident of the State of Hawaii you will need one of the following to enter Hāʻena State Park (access the Na Pali Coast Trail):

    • A Park Entry Reservation (“Entry Only Voucher”)
    • A Parking Reservation (Parking Reservations grant Park Entry for driver and passengers)
    • A valid Camping Permit for Nāpali Coast State Wilderness Park.

The park entry reservations and parking reservations have strict numerical limits, so you need to get one early.   If you will be going on a Sierra Club Kauai Group hike on the Na Pali Coast, check with the outing leader to see if you will need more than an entry-only voucher. 

Details can be found at the Haena State Park website, or you can go directly to the voucher purchase page here.