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by Eija Rissanen, Business Manager

Hiking Aloha Aina, or the Hiking Club at HPU, is one of the University’s recreational clubs. It is open to everyone without any club fees. The Hiking Club offers an opportunity to increase environmental awareness and develop skills for safe hiking. Members do not leave trash to the trails, and they learn what safety precautions to take to enjoy Hawai‘i’s many trails.

Each semester the club organizes five hikes. No special hiking gear is needed, just comfortable walking shoes, a backpack, lots of water, sun block, a hat, a camera, a snack or a small lunch, and sometimes a swimming suit.

“ The Hiking Club is a good way to explore different parts of the island and to see the beautiful nature of Hawai‘i,” said Amber Robison, a second-year Hiking Club member.

The club has scheduled a special Thanksgiving hike on the Friday after Thanksgiving, a visit to Kualoa Ranch. Last year the club took the movie trail hike, with a guide. Members saw locations where scenes for movies such as 50 First Dates, Jurassic Park, and Godzilla were filmed, and visited the forests where the monster scenes for the hit TV series Lost are being filmed right now.

On hike days, the club provides an HPU shuttle van for transportation. Students can be picked up at the shuttle stop at Hawai‘i Loa campus at 8:30 a.m. or in front of Foodland at Ala Moana Shopping Center at 9 a.m.

Members of the Hiking Club recreates a scene from Jurassic Park at Kualoa Ranch

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