Hiking and Yoga In Paradise, Kauai

Sierra Club Outings Trip # 14027A, Lodge


  • Discover enchanted rainforest trails in Koke'e State Park
  • Hike Waimea Canyon, the “ Grand Canyon of the Pacific”
  • Watch for rare endemic birds of Kauai


  • All meals; vegetarian option is available
  • All transportation, including pick-up and return to Lihu'e Airport
  • All accommodations in shared cabins


DatesJun 14–22, 2014
StaffColleen Kearney

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Trip Overview

The Trip

Our hiking and yoga-oriented trip will allow us to explore the diversity that is Kauai, the "Garden Island." We'll begin each day with an energizing yoga session before heading out to hike magnificent ridge-top trails of Waimea Canyon, or "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" as it is called. We'll get contrasting viewpoints of Kauai's spectacular cliffs or "pali," viewing them from high atop their ridges and below, from sea level. We'll explore the Alakai Swamp and witness crashing ocean surf as we hike dramatic coastal trails. Our days will mingle shorter walks with more athletic "scrambles." We will return to our serene base camp for dinner and an evening yoga session.


You will be picked up at the Lihu'e Airport and transported back to our local accommodation for the week. The weather of the day might well determine which hike or swim we want to do, as rain conditions around Kauai vary considerably. This hiking/yoga trip will embrace the beauty and invigorating powers that is Kauai though energetic hiking and restorative yoga. As a Sierra Club trip, we will also have a service component. We may remove invasive ginger plants or prune excess growth as we hike along trails. Since this is Hawaii, swimming in the warm, regenerative Pacific Ocean will be a daily occurrence whenever possible. Some days the swim may take place at a popular snorkeling beach.



Getting There

The trip begins on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 3 p.m. and ends on Sunday, June 22 with departures for the airport after breakfast.

Air travel to and from the Lihu'e Airport on Kauai will be your responsibility. When you arrive, you will be picked up directly from the airport and transported to our accommodation for the week.

Accommodations and Food

Our charming cabins, located on a secluded, lush, retreat property, are one-room affairs and will be shared with other participants. You will have minimal privacy within the cabins, so be warned! Toilet and shower facilities are nearby, but not within each cabin. Outside the cabins, we will be surrounded by peaceful, tranquil settings.

We plan to "eat local" foods that are fresh and healthy. Participants should come prepared to experience the eclectic cuisine of a tropical island prepared in the style of the different cultures, including the original Polynesian peoples who migrated east. In typical Sierra Club fashion, participants will take turns assisting our cook in meal prep and clean-up.

Trip Difficulty

Our yoga sessions are geared to accommodate all levels and will encourage everyone to practice at his or her own level. Our day hikes are approximately five to six miles in length. The trail surface varies, but participants should be prepared daily for slippery mud and some scrambling sections. Trekking poles are quite helpful. Because of these conditions, consider a five-mile hike the equivalent of an eight-mile hike at home. Swimming will be determined by each person's desires.

Equipment and Clothing

Because we are not backpacking or camping out and because dress on Kauai is casual at all times, pack lightly! We will have a chance to do laundry, as there are machines near our cabins.

A day pack with water supply is needed, and trekking poles are suggested. A swimsuit, comfortable clothing for yoga, and a mat are important! A more detailed list will be sent upon signup and acceptance.


  • Joesting, Edward, Kauai: The Separate Kingdom.
  • Morey, Kathy, Kauai Trails.
  • Fleeson, Lucinda, Waking Up in Eden: In Pursuit of an Impassioned Life on an Imperiled Island.
  • Daws, Gavin, Shoal in Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands.
  • MacDonald, Gordon, Volcanoes in the Sea.
  • Sohmer, S.H. and R. Gustafson, Plants and Flowers of Hawaii.


Sierra Club sponsors outings so members may experience new places, people, and activities. Specifically, we aim to heighten awareness of the global environment and encourage participants to take action to protect our shrinking world and its inhabitants -- human and otherwise. On this trip, we will concentrate on Kauai and its local issues, which we can often translate into our own community's issues.

In 2014 America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The Sierra Club, various other organizations with a wilderness focus, and the four federal wilderness management agencies are vigorously planning this celebration. The goal of the effort is to assure that a broader public knows about the concept and benefits of wilderness. Sierra Club Outings is a vital part of the celebrations for wilderness.

While the Act was far in the future when our outings program started, we were already promoting the principle behind it: to forever set aside from human developments certain special places, by civic agreement. This is the basic principle on which the Sierra Club was founded. The wilderness anniversary gives us an opportunity to highlight our organization’s leading role—in publicizing this principle, in passing the 1964 Act, and in achieving more designated wilderness since then.



Colleen Kearney fell in love with Kauai and the Sierra Club Outings “experience” when she was a participant on a hiking trip on Kauai in 2006. Inspired to become a leader she has since led the hiking trip multiple times as well as a kayaking trip along Kauai’s Na Pali coast. She now looks forward to sharing with you her love of this beautiful island with its warm ocean waters and tropical breezes, as well as two of her favorite activities, hiking and yoga. She especially hopes to introduce you to one of her favorite creatures, the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle, or Honu, in Hawaiian.

Assistant Leader:

Anne Roberts has been hiking since the days when her mom was a Girl Scout leader for her big sister’s Brownie Troup. She has been an adventurous hiker and member of Sierra Club for many years. She is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) and is overjoyed to combine her two passions in the same outing. She is looking forward to learning about the culture and history of Hawaii, and leading yoga sessions surrounded by the incredibly beauty of the islands.


Michal Phillips loves to cook, SCUBA, bike, yoga, meditate, and enjoy Earth’s beauty. She first went to Kauai (from California) in 1978 and fell in love with the island; its trade winds, people, and cuisine. She looks forward to returning to Kauai and cooking for hungry participant/yogis.

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