Geography Club at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

The Geography Club connects undergraduate and graduate students with faculty, alumni, and affiliates through a variety of social, academic, and community activities that promote a more sustainable Hawaiʻi.

Membership/Cost:

  • Membership is automatic for our undergraduate majors and graduate students. While participation in club activities is not required, it is highly encouraged.
  • Membership is for life. Our alumni are welcome to participate in club activities, although if space is limited, preference is given to active students.
  • Membership is free, though certain events my require you to own particular items (ex. Closed-toe shoes).
  • Members are welcome to invite friends and family to participate in club activities, although if space is limited, preference is given to active students.

GEOG Club Hike - Fall 18

Fall 2018 – First Hike of the Fall 2018 Semester!

  • Place: Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail
  • Date: Sunday, October 7th
  • Time: 8:30am-Noon

Join us Sunday morning October 7th for a hike on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail! It’s an easy to moderate hike (about 3 hours in total) and along the way we will do our part and clean up any rubbish we see. Let’s spend a few hours together in the morning getting some exercise, connecting and getting acquainted with one another, and enjoy the amazing views while we’re at it. I’d love for all of us in the Geography department to get to know one another, so please join us; undergrads, grad students, and faculty alike! And feel free to bring along your friends or kiddos if you’d like.

The Hike

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Distance: 4.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1400 Feet
  • Foot Traffic: Moderate
  • Challenges: Some steep uphills, potentially muddy ridges
  • Sights: Windward Oahu, Honolulu, Diamond Head

Meeting Point

We will depart from the sitting area outside Whole Foods at Kahala Mall at about 8:30am. Drop by early for a coffee with your fellow hikers.

If you want to meet us at the trailhead, travel eastbound on the H1 and Kalanianaole Highway until you make a left hand turn on Laukahi Street. Continue on this road until you reach a guard station. You will notify the guard that you are there to do the hike, they will check your id, and then give you a pass as well as directions to the trailhead (the pass also has a map on it if all else fails). Park in the designated spots in the parking lot at the end of Okoa Street and meet us no later than 9am.

What to Bring

  • Water
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Sunscreen and Hat

Geography Club at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - Spring 2018 - Hike

Spring 2018 - Geography Club Earth Day Hike

  • Place: Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail
  • Date: Sunday, April 22
  • Time: 8:30am-Noon

Join us on Earth Day for a hike on the Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail. Itʻs an easy to moderate hike (about 3 hours in total) and we will do some trail cleaning on the way down. Spend the morning getting some exercise, enjoying the spectacular scenery, and celebrate Earth Day with your fellow geographers!


The Hike

  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Time: 3 Hours
  • Distance: 4.5 Miles
  • Elevation Gain: 1400 Feet
  • Foot Traffic: Moderate
  • Challenges: Some steep uphills, potentially muddy ridges
  • Sights: Windward Oahu, Honolulu, Diamond Head

The very beginning of the hike is paved, then continues along a dirt road with vegetation on either side. Be sure to keep an eye out here for small clearings as they offer excellent views of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi Kai, and the ocean below. After walking for over a mile the wide road ends and you will see around landing area with a set of stairs to your left. There is a bench here and a nice view in case you want to take a break and rehydrate before continuing up the stairs. From this point, you will hike along the ridge and climb up a series of stairs until you reach the summit. There are some spots along the way with ropes that will aid in your accent but in general, the stairs provide nice traction to work your way up the occasionally steep ridge. Once you make it to the transmitter station, the summit is not far, just continue on the trail for a few hundred meters more. There is a small area at the top with a bench where you can take in views of Waimanalo, Kailua, and Olomana (a.k.a “three peaks”). We will also take plastic bags along to do a bit of trail cleaning on our descent back to the parking lot.


Meeting Point

We will depart from the sitting area outside Whole Foods at Kahala Mall at about 8:30am. Drop by early for a coffee with your fellow hikers.

If you want to meet us at the trailhead, travel eastbound on the H1 and Kalanianaole Highway until you make a left hand turn on Laukahi Street. Continue on this road until you reach a guard station. You will notify the guard that you are there to do the hike, they will check your id, and then give you a pass as well as directions to the trailhead (the pass also has a map on it if all else fails). Park in the designated spots in the parking lot at the end of Okoa Street and meet us no later than 9am.


What to Bring

  • Water
  • Lunch or snacks
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent
  • Close-toed shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Gloves Hat

Geography Club at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa - Spring 2018 - Event

Spring 2018 - Geography Club Field Trip

  • Place: Waimea Valley Historical Nature Park
  • Date: Sunday, February 11
  • Time: 9am-3am

Join us on a hike to the back of the valley and be part of the Waimea Valley Hanai ʻaina volunteers team that is assisting an ongoing conservation project. We will be hiking up onto Kalaheʻe Ridge (an easy to moderate hike of about 45 minutes) to spend the day planting native vegetation and removing invasive species.


Important Information for Hanai ʻAina Volunteers

This is a unique chance to be a part of our Waimea Valley Volunteers Team. You will be going on an exclusive hike to the back of the valley and spending the day helping in our conservation projects. The work goes from 9am to 3pm and can include: native planting as well as invasive species control. Please be on time; if you are late the group may leave without you and there is no way to get you caught up to them. Please realize that when you sign up to go on this trip, you are committing to the entire time specified as Waimea Valley Park does not have staff to hike down early with volunteers and you cannot hike down by yourself. We will provide all tools, but you are welcome to bring personal gloves.


Meeting Point

Waimea Valley Botanical Office (be ready to leave for hike at 9am)
59-864 Kamehameha Hwy.
Haleiwa HI 96712


Location Details

When you arrive at the Valley entrance road, go mauka (towards the mountains) and park in any of the regular parking lots. Then continue walking mauka from there to the Botanical office. It will be up the road to the left of the Visitor center. If you see a sign that says endangered species ʻalae ʻula crossing keep going up that way. If you are having trouble, go to the front desk in the visitor center and ask to be directed towards the botanical offices, they can help you find your way.


What Age

Ages 12 and up are invited to attend, but any volunteers under 18 will need to have a parent or guardian go with them to volunteer. After an initial volunteer day, individuals 16 years and older will be considered on a case by case basis for volunteering without a parent or guardian present, but their parent or guardian will still need to be present in the morning to sign their waiver form.


What to Bring

  • Water (at least 2 liters) (REQUIRED)
  • Lunch
  • Insect repellent (just for the hike)
  • Sun screen
  • Hat
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Long pants
  • Close-toe shoes (REQUIRED)
  • A positive attitude!