6:50 AM - 15:00 PM
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure (BIG ISLAND)
|Deli-Style Lunch||Professional guide|
|Swim in streams & pools||Ancient landscapes|
|Stunning Panoramas||8 hour activity|
|Roundtrip transportation||Fully Air-Conditioned Vehicles|
PLEASE NOTE: This activity is on HAWAII ISLAND and guests have to make their own way to the pickup location in Kailua-Kona.
Ola i ka wai a ka opua - that tells us “there is life in the rain.” Rain also gives us the resplendent countryside and plentiful waterfalls of Kohala. Nowhere in Hawaii is the importance and story of water more evident than here in the lands of Kamehameha. In its eternal cycle, water continues to shape a dramatic landscape of valleys, streams and cliffs. These same waters reveal the history and culture of Kohala.
The tour begins with a wonderful drive of contrast and change from the dry-side resort area to the lush green country of Kohala. Along the way you’ll journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines over lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Kohala Mountains. Often from the shoreline you are able to see splashing spinner dolphins or in the winter months, breaching humpback whales. You’ll pass through the quaint plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I. At the end of the road we pass through a locked gate onto private property, and the real fun begins, with a bumpy but short off-road drive in our 6WD Pinzgauer on an old cane road.
Out of the Pinzgauer, you’ll step back into the early 1900’s, when plantation owners began construction of the Kohala Ditch Trail to bring much needed water to the sugar cane fields. Along the 1.5 mile loop trail you’ll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct on two bridges, and learn the story of the tremendous effort it took to build an irrigation system stretching over 22 miles. You’ll delve into ancient Hawaiian history as well, visiting a former taro farming site just off the path. Seven beautiful waterfalls grace the trail. You can take a refreshing dip in the last pool we visit, and play under a refreshing cascade. With stunning mountain panoramas, green valleys and pasturelands, and of course the abundant water, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure is a fascinating way for young and old to experience Kohala’s “story of water.”
|Length of Tour||8 hours|
|Tour is operated||Daily|
Please be at the Check-in Location at least 30 minutes prior to your tour
Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters -735593 Olowalu St, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Trail is Rated: Easy; all ages welcome
Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water
Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos
Transportation is NOT included. Please note that for this adventure customers must provide their own transportation, and you need to check in at the office. All reservations are subject to non-refundable cancellation if guest is not checked in by 30 min prior to tour start time.
|Additional Items To Bring/Wear:||
Comfortable walking shoes or reef walkers, bathing suit, hat, sunscreen, a light jacket or sweatshirt , Swim clothes and towel
-Expect to Hike approximately 1.5 miles in 1 - 2 hours. You will do minimal climbing. The estimated elevation gain over the course of the hike is about 200’
-Water Temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees F
-Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests
-Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply
We don't charge any cancellation fees if you notify us in time but a minimum of 48-hour notice required prior to departure time for changing, rescheduling or cancelling your tour. *Tours cancelled or rescheduled within the last 48 hours are non-refundable.
Driving Directions from Kailua-Kona: North on Highway 19 (Queen Kaahumanu Highway), located behind the Tesoro service station just past Kealakehe Parkway intersection. (approx. travel time is 15 minutes)
Driving Directions from Kohala: South on Highway 19 (Queen Kaahumanu Highway), located behind the Tesoro service station just past Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. (approx. travel time from Waikoloa Resorts is 30 minutes)
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|Office Hours:||We are open every day, 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM Hawaiian Time|