Hiking Clubs of Oahu

Hiking Clubs of Oahu
The island of Oahu in Hawaii is a hiker's haven. Trails run from the beaches through the rain forests and up to the mountains.

Popular trails include the Diamond Head Summit and the Makapu'u Lighthouse Trails. Views are magnificent with waterfalls, green valleys and the blue Pacific. Hikers can also enjoy camping in four of Oahu's state parks. The Pacific Ocean offers kayaking, canoeing and sailing.

Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club

The HTMC is a century-old hiking club based out of Oahu. Every weekend the group hikes one of the over 80 trails on the island, covering mountains and coastline. They also actively maintain and keep the trails clean. Occasionally the club will have camping trips or travel to other islands to hike.

Members have access to the Waimanalo Clubhouse, where they can relax or have social events. It is located one block from the beach.

Visitors are welcome on hikes. Every Saturday and some Sunday mornings the group rendezvous in downtown Honolulu at the Iolani Palace. Those interested in becoming members must attend three open hikes within one calender year and be over the age of 18.

Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club
Hhtmclub.org

Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter: Oahu Group

The Oahu Group of the Sierra Club merges the love of hiking with a conservation movement. With 3,000 members on the island, the club advocates not only preserving nature on the island, but improving it.

Guided group hikes are lead Saturdays and Sundays. Hikers leave from Church of the Crossroads, in Honolulu. A waiver, which can be found online, needs to be filled out by nonmembers. A schedule of upcoming hikes is posted on the site and also includes the level of trail difficulty.

The Sierra Club also hosts service projects for volunteers. Two days are dedicated to planting trees, building trails, and beach beautification, while the third is open for a hike or other recreation.

Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter
Hi.sierraclub.org/oahu/index.htm

Oahu Women's Hiking Club

This group of woman, organized on Facebook, routinely hike the mountains of Oahu. They are motivated by exercise and social networking, sharing their love of the outdoors. Photo albums document their outings.

Hiking excursions are posted online and everyone is welcome. Experienced hikers give advice, like what trails are good for strollers. It is an informal group, for any woman who wants to explore nature.

Oahu Women's Hiking Club
Facebook.com/pages/Oahu-Womens-Hiking-Club/238162890071

Article Written By Kathleen Durkin

Kathleen Durkin is a photojournalist in Charlotte, N.C. where she shoots and edits the local news. A freelance writer on the side, Durkin's work has been published on AOL's CitysBest.com and other websites. She graduated with degrees in English literature and film production from University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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