Crater Hiking

Hikes, Service, Programs

Be a hike leader! We’ll pay for your first aid course and train you! You can put it on your resume. And we’ll write you a recommendation! The next opportunity is October 22, 2016.

Please be prepared for outings. Bring lunch, water, rain gear, sunscreen and appropriate footwear. Hiking boots are recommended for longer hikes. A donation of $5 ($3 for Sierra Club members) is requested of hikers over age 14. We always welcome more hike leaders. Contact Lucienne deNaie at

In the hike descriptions below: (C) means conservation such as discussing how to conserve this land for future generations to enjoy. (E) means educational such as visiting and learning about archeological sites and naming the plants and flowers. (D) is the round trip hike distance.

Some hikes say they require a waiver from East Maui Irrigation Company (EMI). If the hike says you need a waiver then you absolutely must get one prior to the hike. If there is no notation that the hike requires an EMI waiver, then you don’t need to worry about this. One waiver covers all EMI hikes for this quarter. Call in your waiver request to Candyce at EMI at 579-9516 well in advance to make an appointment for when you can sign it. Then go to EMI’s Pa’ia office at 497 Baldwin Avenue to sign the waiver. You will need to call to make sure someone will be there. Waivers CANNOT be mailed, faxed or emailed. Sierra club does not make the rules. EMI does. Please be considerate of EMI staff time and pick up waiver 5 days in advance whenever possible. THE WAIVER MUST BE BROUGHT ON THE HIKE AND SHOWN TO THE HIKE LEADER. Mahalo

Drop us an email and let us know your thoughts. Sierra Club members are invited to attend our monthly meetings. To learn where and when the next meeting is and to add an agenda item you want to discuss.

Please register for all hikes with the leader.

Saturday, September 3 – Makawao Forest Reserve

D = 6 mile RT. Left side of road, 3 mile climb up trails and jeep road, moderately strenuous and muddy). Meet 8:30 am at parking lot across St. Joseph’s Church (Makawao Ave.) Limit 18. Leader: Robin West <> or call 277-7267.

Sunday, September 11 – North side of Waikapu Stream
(C/E) D= 5 mi R/T. Strenuous hike due to uneven rocky surfaces and many stream crossings along jungle trails. Bring water, snacks or lunch and shoes suitable for wading in stream waters. Meet at 9am at Maui County Blding parking lot to carpool to trail head. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <> or 214-0147 to register.

Sunday, September 25 – Wahinepe’e water hike
(C/E) D=8 mi R/T. Hike historic trail to overlook Honomanu stream and Valley. Pools. Waterfalls. Great scenery. Can be muddy. EMI waiver required (see above) Bring water, lunch. Meet 8 am Ha’iku Community Center. Limit 15. Leader: Kalei Kalyani Johnson <> or 344-0006

Saturday, October 1 – Sierra Club Maui 40th Anniversary Picnic
Come celebrate with food, music, environmental heroes award. 11am to 3 pm at Kanaha Beach Park canoe hale. Bring potluck deserts or side dishes (main dishes provided), chairs and the whole family. FREE. To Volunteer email Lucienne de Naie <>

Sunday, October 2 – Pauwela lighthouse and tide pools
(C/E) D = 3-4 miles R/T Moderate, with some steep muddy sections. Dramatic coastal views and tidepools. Meet 9 am @ Ha’iku Community Center. Bring lunch, water and footwear good for slippery rocks. Limit 15. Register with leader: Miranda Camp <> or call 463-9690.

Friday, October 14 – Ka’apahu Area of Haleakala National Park
Celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service!
(C/E) D=4 mi R/T Explore several coastal valleys rich with history and end with a refreshing swim in a natural pool. Wear shoes for Jungle trails and some stream crossings.  Bring lunch, water, swimwear. Meet at 8:00 am at Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center near Ace Hardware to carpool. Limit 12. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <> or 214-0147.

Saturday, October 22 – Hike Leader Training
Contact Rob Weltman <> or 354-0490 if you would like to become a hike leader! We will be at the Kaunoa Center in Sprecklesville from 9AM to 1PM.

Friday October 28 – Palau’ea (Wailea 670) Cultural Hike
(C/E) D=3 mi R/T  Autumn visit to the ahupua’a boundary of Paeahu/Keauhou. Visit ceremonial sites that marked traditional boundaries and learn about their cultural importance. Wear long pants, sturdy footwear (lava terrain) bring water and hiking stick. Meet at 3pm at mauka end of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea. Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <> or 214-0147.

Saturday, November 5 – Kokua Day at Fleming Arboretum, Pu’u Mahoe
(C/E/S) Help maintain the Fleming Arboretum at 2600 feet in Ulupalakua, sanctuary to many endangered native dry land forest plants. Awesome views of the La Perouse (Keone’o’io) coast and Kahoolawe. Bring a light jacket, lunch, and gloves. Meet at the Ulupalakua General Store at 9:00 AM to caravan to the Arboretum. Estimate 3 hours of work. Refreshments will be available. A BYO Lunch will be at the Fleming cabin with a great view of South Maui. Limit 20. Leader: Rob Weltman <> or 354-0490.

Sunday, November 13 – Olowalu Valley Hike
(C/E) D = 3 mi R/T Moderate, but has numerous stream crossings. Hike legendary Olowalu stream with its shaded banks and ancient cultural sites. Bring drinking water, stream friendly footware, lunch, hat. Meet 8am at Maui Ocean Center parking lot in Ma’alaea, near gas station. Limit 15. Contact hike leader Kalei Johnson <>  or 344-0006 and leave your phone number for registration.

Saturday, November 19 – Palau’ea (Wailea 670) Makahiki Service Outing
C/E/S) D=2 mi R/T   Help clear overgrown foliage from a complex of pre-contact cultural sites to reveal their impressive architecture.  Wear long pants, sturdy footwear (lava terrain) bring water, gloves and hiking stick. Hand tools provided. Meet at 3pm, at mauka end of Kaukahi Rd in Wailea.  Limit 15. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <> or 214-0147.

Friday November 25 – Na Hoku (star-gazing) Benefit) in Palau’ea (Wailea 670)
(E/F) Noted astronomer, educator and author, Harriet Witt shares lore of our Hawaiian night sky on the eve of the traditional planetary alignments marking the Makahiki season. Learn new and amazing things. Meet at 6 pm @ top (mauka end ) of Kaukahi st. in Wailea.. Bring folding beach chair, warm clothes and shielded flashlights. Donation: $5 for Members $10 non members. Register: Miranda Camp <> or 808-463-9690

Saturday, November 26 – Mamane Trail, PoliPoli State Park
(C/E) D= 4 mi R/T. Meet at 8 am at Pukalani Ace to carpool up Waipoli Rd to the junction of Waiohuli Tr taking that up a short distance to get onto Mamane and then finishing at the junction with Skyline Rd. The more 4-wheel drives we have the better.  We will be hiking at about 7,000′ with an 850′ elevation gain. There are opportunities for more distance if desired. This is a beautiful moderate trail: gradual upgrade winding through pine forest, often misty.  Be prepared for really cold, rainy weather; dress in layers with extra water. Limit 15. Leader Kalei Johnson <> or 344-0006.

Saturday, December 3 – Launiupoko Valley
(C/E) D=4 mi R/T. Lots of trails/Hawaiian heiau and sites hidden along the way as we hike up this iconic valley. Bring hat, sunscreen, water, lunch/snack. Meet 9 am at Park and Ride lot at Honoapiilani Hwy/N. Kihei Rd to carpool. Limit 20. Leader: Miranda Camp. Register: <> or call 463-9690.

Sunday, December 11 – Haleakala Supply Trail
(E) D=5 mi R/T. Moderate, but high altitude. Beautiful views along trail. Begin Hosmer’s Grove campground uphill 2.5 miles to crater rim (lunch and views). Prepare for wet/windy conditions. Meet 8:30 a.m. Pukalani Terrace Shopping Center near Ace Hardware. Wear footwear for rocky conditions. Bring hat, jacket, lunch, plenty of water, and a park pass (if you have). Register with Robin West <> or 277-7267.

Sunday, December 18 – Kuiaha Gulch (Ha’iku) Service Outing
(C/E/S) D=2.5 mi R/T  Malama day for cultural sites along E. Kuiaha Stream gulch- part of recently preserved 267 acres along Hamakualoa coast.  Discover ancient remains of Hawaiian cultural sites linked to farming and fishing. Wear long pants, sturdy footwear (steep/ muddy terrain) bring water, gloves and hiking stick. Hand tools provided. Meet at 9 am, at Haiku Community Center in Haiku.   Limit 18. Leader: Lucienne de Naie <> or 214-0147.