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.
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.
Oahu Hikers & Adventurers Meetup
This group routinely hikes the mountains of Oahu. About 5 hiking excursions are scheduled every month. There are no membership dues but the group will sometimes raise funds through voluntary donations. New members are always welcome.
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