A Sunny Multi-Sport Sampler, Kauai

Sierra Club Outings Trip # 14028A, Service/ Volunteer, Kayak


  • Camp on Hanalei Bay
  • Hike to Hanakapiai Falls
  • Paddle along the Na Pali Coast 


  • Surfboards, kayaks, paddles, personal floatation devices   
  • Campsite      
  • All meals


DatesJun 21–27, 2014
StaffDiana Moskowitz

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Trip Overview

The Trip

This trip will provide a variety of activities to keep the most active traveler very entertained.  Camping will be located on the ahupua’a of the Waipa Foundation, which cares for a very secluded area of Hanalei Bay that few tourists ever experience. The campsite is very well managed and has breathtaking views of Hanalei Bay. 

Activities included in this trip are: a guided tour of the Wailua River to Secret Falls, an eight-mile round-trip hike to Hanakapiai Falls, stand-up paddle or surf lessons, a private beach yoga class, and--as a finale--a 16-mile one-way guided paddle along the Na Pali Coast.

We will also have the opportunity to volunteer with the Waipa Foundation, which strives to preserve and renew traditional Hawaiian culture. 


Day 1: Participants will be greeted at the Lihue airport at 2 p.m. From there we will drive to Hanalei Bay and set up camp at Waipa.

Day 2: Taking to the water, we will go on a guided paddle on the Wailua River and hike to Secret Falls.

Day 3: We will hike to Hanakapiai Falls (eight miles round-trip).

Day 4: Today is our volunteer day on Waipa. Activities may include weeding taro, cleaning trails, and planting native plants.

Day 5: We will take surf or stand-up paddle lessons and a private beach yoga class.

Day 6: Today we will make poi with local volunteers on Waipa.

Day 7: On our last day together, we will enjoy a guided paddle along Na Pali Coast. 



Getting There

The trip begins on Saturday, June 21st. You will be picked up at Lihue airport at 2 p.m. If you arrive before the start of the trip you will need to arrange transportation to Lihue airport for the scheduled meeting time. 

Accommodations and Food

Camping will exclusively be on the campsites of the Waipa Foundation in Hanalei. There is potable water and outdoor showers available. Porta-Potties are on site. There is minimal cell phone reception and no electrical outlets on site, but the “downtown” area of Hanalei is a short walk. Hanalei can get wet even in the summer so prepare for the occasional shower.  Fees include all meals. Please inform the leader of any dietary restrictions. 

Trip Difficulty

You will experience a variety of difficulty levels throughout the trip, from easy to challenging. Safety is our top priority and we hire professional outfitters to guide us through the more challenging days. Paddling experience is suggested, but not required. Having a thirst for adventure is key for this trip, but it is important to remain humble and exercise caution as Mother Nature will always win. 

Equipment and Clothing

Rental of surfboards, kayaks, paddles, and personal flotation devices are all included in the price of the trip. We’ll paddle double, sit-on-top kayaks for safety.

We will encounter a variety of weather conditions, but this will be no problem for those who follow the recommended gear lists. Expect warm to hot days and warm nights, with daily intermittent rain and wind.


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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.



Diana Moskowitz is an avid hiker, camper, and adventure seeker. She loves staying active and being outdoors. Kauai is one of her favorite places on earth and loves sharing and introducing the island to people with similar passions. She works as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor on the mainland and will gladly share her fitness expertise while on the road.


Wayne Martin

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