Hawaii Forest & Trail
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Hawaii Forest & Trail

       
Hawaii Forest & Trail
2017 Rates

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult
Child 0-12*
Kohala Waterfalls Adventure  
$186.46
$155.21
       

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.”

Included in the Tour: Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water
Restrictions:
Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes or reef walkers, bathing suit, hat, sunscreen and a light jacket or sweatshirt.

*Kids under 3 MUST be carried in a backpack carrier.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult
Child 8-12
Twilight Volcano Adventure Kona pick up  
$213.54
$186.46
Twilight Volcano Adventure Hilo pick up*  
$196.87
$176.04
       

The excursion begins as we travel between two of the world's largest mountains, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa.  The region between these volcanoes is locally known as the Saddle and is home to some of the rarest plants and animals in the world.  After a brief stop for lunch at Mauna Kea State Park, we continue east towards Hilo.  Before our final descent into the rainiest city in the US, we'll stop to explore Kaumana Cave.  This lava tube once carried molten rock from Mauna Loa's upper rift zones down to the ocean, but now provides an excellent opportunity to test our trusty flashlights on a subterranean adventure. 

Leaving Mauna Loa behind, we make our final ascent to the summit of Kilauea inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  Our Interpretive Guides will lead you through the must-see spots and hidden gems of this World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. As conditions change daily, we tailor your experience to the current eruptive events.  The summit calderas, steam vents, cinder fields, and native rainforests are all on our “must see” list.

After exploring the natural wonders of this World Heritage site, we'll check current conditions to see which eruptive site is most active.  Our choices are Kalapana to witness the awesome power of lava as it enters the ocean at sunset, or Halemaumau Crater which contains a hidden lake of molten rock which glows after dark.  Also included in the evening's itinerary is a delicious picnic dinner.  This is an incredible way to experience the dynamic energy of Kilauea, the most active volcano in the world.

Included in the Tour
: Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water. Picnic dinner, snacks, assorted beverages, bottled water, and hot cocoa.
Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.

*Hilo pick ups don't include lunch

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 8+
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Birding - Kona Pick up
$203.12
Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge Birding - Hilo Pick up
$203.12
       

Named by Hawaiians long ago, Hakalau means “many perches” and is still considered critical bird habitat today. Once part of large cattle ranch, it was the first National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States for forest birds. It is home to some of the rarest plants and animal species on earth.  Hakalau Forest is a fascinating example of conservation in action. The forest you'll access is recovering from a hundred years of grazing by cattle and damage from pigs. Our permit allows us to bird the Pua Akala meadow.  It is exciting to see the native plants sprouting through the old pasture grass. Giant koa trees, ohia-lehua trees estimated to be a thousand years old, ferns, and rare lobelias are just some of the native plants encountered. Like our Rainforest and Dry forest Bird watching tour the forest here is filled with the sounds of Hawaii's rare birds. Often, we will encounter researchers or resource managers on our walks who are always willing to share up-to-date information.  Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, because of the history of grazing, has a park like setting in the higher elevations, and is densely forested below.  Our trail is a four-wheel drive road that bisects the meadow, and there is an elevation gain and loss of about 650 feet. It's a beautiful place with lots of birds.

We will head up to Mamalahoa Highway heading north towards Waimea and the Saddle Road. Once on the Saddle Road there will be opportunity for some car-birding primarily for game birds and the Pueo or the Hawaiian Short-eared Owl. We stop in route on the Saddle Road for a restroom stop and a continental breakfast with juice, Kona coffee, and an assortment of teas. After the breakfast stop we follow the unpaved Keanakolu Road 11 miles to the Pua Akala tract of the Refuge. Plan on two and a half hours of driving each way.  Don't worry about the drive time; you'll be amazed at the constantly changing scenery and fascinated by your Guide's interpretation of Hawaii's remarkable natural, cultural, and geologic history.

Included in the Tour
: Continental breakfast including fresh local fruit, baked goods, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Deli style lunch, with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water.
Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Sturdy closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants, and a light rain jacket.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 8+
Rainforest & Dry Forest Birding (Mon-Fri) Kona Pick up
$203.12
Rainforest & Dry Forest Birding (Mon-Fri) Hilo Pick up
$203.12
       
Operates Monday thru Friday      

Rainforest - Our destination is the Puu Oo Trail, a historic cattle drive route, located at the 6,000 foot level of Saddle Road on Mauna Loa's northeastern flank. This is the windward side of the island, and is often cloaked in misty clouds. It is enchanting to be serenaded by the forest birds as we make our way over three to four miles of sometimes rough lava trail, crossing over the 1855 and 1881 lava flows.

Dry forest - At the Humuula hunter check-in station just off Saddle Road, we go into the Kaohe Game Management Area and four-wheel it to nearly 7,500 feet on the western side of Mauna Kea to an area known as Puu Laau.  The area is mostly park-like and typically commands stunning views of the leeward coast below. 
On the drive to our two primary locales, we head north along the coastline before starting the climb to the old Mamalahoa Highway, keeping an eye out for open-country birds. From there we'll connect to the Saddle Road and begin car-birding, primarily for game birds as well as for the Pueo, or short-eared owl. Depending on the weather, we'll stop for a bit of breakfast along the Saddle Road, often at Mauna Kea State Park at Pohakuloa, or at our Dry forest birding site.

Rainforest – We'll park just off the Saddle Road at the trail head of Puu Oo, heading due south over the lava flows.  Small pockets of koa and ohia spring up along the trail but our destination is kipuka #34 and #35 which are some of the most productive birding areas in the state.  Some of the avifauna we hope to spot along the way are iiwi, apapane, amakihi, omao, elepaio, and the elusive akiapolaau, with its unique multipurpose beak.  Many of these are found in the ohia and koa canopy. 

Dryforest - The track leads to a gate that is the entrance to the Mauna Kea Forest Preserve.  Parked at the entrance to the Preserve we get down to some serious bird watching on foot in the mamane-naio forest.  Native Hawaiian dryforest's is one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world.  The sandalwoods trees which once dominated these slopes are all but gone, and the remaining mamane trees are at the top of the menu for feral ungulates which frequent the area.  Although the terrain is somewhat uneven, the hiking is easy. We are particularly interested in sighting the critically threatened palila, which feeds almost entirely on the green pods of the mamane tree. There are two other endemics of note to be found here: the Hawaii amakihi, and the local species of the Hawaii elepaio (noted for the white feathering on its head).

Included in the Tour:
Continental breakfast including fresh local fruit, baked goods, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Deli-style lunch, with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water.
Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Sturdy closed-toed shoes or boots, long pants, and a light rain jacket.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 13+
Mauna Kea Sunrise Experience  
$196.87
       
Operates Daily
Tour time change seasonally with sunrise times
     

Start your Hawaiian day like never before… from the top of the tallest volcano on earth. See the morning sky light up in brilliant shades of red, orange, purple and blue. Learn about the cultural and scientific significance of the mountain, as you stand the world’s greatest collection of telescopes.

Included in the Tour
: Continental Breakfast: Assorted sliced fresh fruit, fresh baked banana bread , croissants, boiled egg, yogurt, granola, 100% Kona Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Assorted Teas
Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers.
What to Bring & Wear: Closed toe shoes, long pants and a sweatshirt or sweater.

*Children ages 13-15 can participate in this tour if the parents signs waiver at check-in. All About Hawaii needs to advise Hawaii Forest & Trail that there are children ages 13-15 when booking this tour.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 16+*
Mauna Kea Summit & Star Adventure  
$223.96
       
Operates Daily
Tour time change seasonally with sunset times
     

**4 person minimum in order for tour to operate**

The drive to the summit of Mauna Kea is one you'll never forget. It's hard to believe you're in Hawaii as you climb to 13,796 feet above sea level. Once at the summit we are afforded spectacular views of the horizon, Haleakala on Maui, Mauna Loa and Hualalai, and Mauna Kea's world-class array of telescopes.  Mauna Kea is the world's tallest mountain, rising over 32,000 feet from the ocean floor to its summit, which is considered by many Hawaiians to be the most sacred place in all the islands.  In your hooded parka you'll stand in awe at both nature's sublime creation and man's astonishing technological achievements.

Starting out from our headquarters in Kona, we travel up the coast over desolate lava flows for about a half hour before proceeding up the rolling pasturelands on the flanks of Mauna Kea. Turning onto the Saddle Road that traverses the island between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, you'll see a dramatic and diverse landscape of ranch land, sub-alpine dry forest and rainforest (with striking features such as cinder cones, lava flows, lava tubes and kipuka).  We arrive at our private dinner location at Humuula approximately 2 hours before sunset for a hot, picnic dinner served family style.  After dinner and with a winter-style parka in hand, we'll make the 45 minute drive to the summit.  As your make your way up, you'll be fascinated by your Interpretive Guide's interpretation of Hawaii's remarkable natural, cultural, and geologic history.

After sunset we descend to the Visitor's Information Station at 9,000 foot elevation. Here we set up our own telescope and have a star gazing party. Wrapped warm in Arctic parkas, enjoying hot beverages and cookies, you will marvel at the brilliance of the Hawaiian night sky.  Your Interpretive Guide will share with you stories of the observable universe, and offer you a personal and educational look at the heavens.

Included in the Tour
: Dinner with 3 options (Teriyaki Chicken, Kalbi Beef Short Ribs, Vegetarian Thai Curry)
Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Closed toe shoes, long pants and a sweatshirt or sweater.

*Children ages 13-15 can participate in this tour if the parents signs waiver at check-in. All About Hawaii needs to advise Hawaii Forest & Trail that there are children ages 13-15 when booking this tour.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 16+
Child 8-12
Epic Island Volcano Journey  
$217.71
$186.46
       

Check in 6:45am, 11.5 hour tour

Join us on an epic day of discovery as we wander off-the-beaten bath and visit our island's most awe inspiring sites. This full day journey covers all your Big Island “must do” experiences and more, and is enhanced by a gourmet sustainably-sourced farm to fork menu featuring island-inspired favorites and culturally themed delicacies. This unforgettable Epic Island Volcano Journey, led by an expert Interpretive Guide, is an amazing blend of history and culture, set in the splendor of Hawaii's nature that will change the way you see Hawaii. Don't miss this opportunity to explore Hawaii's remarkable natural and cultural heritage, discover exclusive locations and capture once-in-a-lifetime memories.  Highlights include:

- Explore an active volcano and visit 4 different National Park sites, including Puuhonua o Honaunau, Hawaii V Volcanoes and Puukohola Heiau.
- Search for sea turtles as you stroll the fine crystal black sands of Punaluu.
- Delve into a private cave system and learn how lava tubes are formed.
- Enjoy private tours at Kau Coffee Mill and a tropical fruit farm.
- Venture off the beaten path, exploring scenic back roads, heritage corridors and historic landmarks.

Included in the Tour: Over $30 per person in entry fees, savory island continental breakfast, “Deli Trio” lunch, culturally themed afternoon snack, beverages & souvenir waterbottle.
Restrictions
: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable closed toe walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17    
Adult 13+
Kilauea Lava Hike Kona Departure    
$203.12
Kilauea Lava Hike Hilo Departure    
$186.46

Operates daily.

Embark on an adventure to find red hot lava, while your guide shares the science of volcanoes and the legends of the Hawaiian goddess of fire - Pele. Our special access to a private parking area gets you 2 miles closer to the flow front than the public parking area saving 4 miles round trip off the hike to the Ocean entry.

Highlights include:
- Take advantage of our private parking area, and begin your hike 2 miles closer to the flow front.
- Learn about the history and legends of Kilauea Volcano from a scientific and cultural perspective
- A moderate to strenuous 4-5 Mile hike over rocky and uneven terrain to see where the flow meets the ocean
-While lava viewing is not guaranteed, your highly trained interpretive guide will lead you to best places to view active lava flow while remaining within the area deemed safe and legal by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Ranger staff.
- We outfit the group with everything you need to be comfortable along the way.
- Enjoy a local-style Dinner at a Hilo landmark- Ken's House of Pancakes.

Due to the dynamic nature of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Kilauea Volcano, active lava viewing conditions change daily or even hourly. This tour is your best opportunity to get up close to active lava, however lava viewing can not be guaranteed. 

Trips depart from Kona, with pickups in Waikoloa, and Hilo on the way to the Volcano. Tour time is approximately 10 hours round trip, from Kona, 9 hours from Waikoloa, and 5 hours from Hilo.
Note: Lunch is served in transit to Hilo, so Hilo guests will not be served lunch unless a special request is made.

Guests from Kona and Waikoloa are served a deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water. All guests are served dinner at Ken's House of Pancakes, snacks, assorted beverages, and water.

Restrictions
: Guests must be able to hike long distances on uneven or rocky terrain in hot conditions. No Children under the age of 13. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable hiking boots, long pants, a comfortable shirt with sleeves, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen are highly recommended.

       
       

Hilo Tours

Tours depart from HFT Headquarters
224 Kamehameha Avenue #101 Hilo, HI 96720

 

Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult 16+

Maunakea Voyage

 
$186.46
       

Embark on a remarkable road trip to the heavenly realm of Maunakea—the world's tallest mountain. Traditionally the sacred home of Hawaiian deities, today Maunakea also hosts the greatest astronomical complex on earth. Our journey from sea level to the summit uncovers the connections of Hawaii's ancient practice of navigation and the modern technological pursuit of understanding our universe. As you return from the highest point in the Pacific, you'll have an opportunity to reflect on how ancient practices inform modern science to mold our understanding of the universe today.

-Enjoy a pre-opening tour and private star show at world famous Imiloa Astronomy Center's planetarium in Hilo.
-Experience multiple climate zones as you travel through tropical rainforest to a barren, moon-like terrain.
-Acclimate and explore the astronomical themed exhibits at the Visitor Center.
-Soak in expansive views at the summit of Maunakea, amidst the world's largest collection of research
telescopes.
-Explore cutting edge astronomy installations at the summit including the Keck Observatory and the University of Hilo 2.2 Meter Telescope.

Included in the Tour: Park entry fees, Deli lunch, beverages
Restrictions:
 Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Because of high altitude this tour is not advised for those with respiratory, circulatory or heart conditions, pregnancy or poor health. Scuba divers should be aware of altitude dangers. No children under 16. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Closed toe shoes, long pants and a sweatshirt or sweater.

 

Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult
Child 0-12

Discover Volcano Country

 
$176.04
$144.79
       

Travel through the remote and rugged landscape of Kau—home to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, historic farming plantations and the famous black sand beach of Punaluu. Discover how the powerful forces of nature have shaped the people and landscape of this dynamic region, Hawaii's largest land district.  The perfect blend of nature and culture led by an expert Interpretive Guide, this tour reveals what it's like to live on two active volcanoes.

- Discover all the “must see” spots within the Park; including Jaggar Museum, Thurston Lava Tube and Halemaumau Crater
- Sample and shop for award-winning farm fresh coffee at Kau Coffee Mill, along with other Hawaii Island grown treats like macadamia nuts, honey and chocolate.
-Walk across a crystal-fine black sand beach as you search for basking sea turtles at Punaluu.
- Immerse yourself in stories of Hawaiian legends and mythology, with a focus on Pele, Hawaiian goddess of fire, lightning, wind and volcanoes.
- Explore a lava tube and discover the mysteries of how these tunnels are formed.

Included in the Tour: Park Fees, Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water.
Restrictions
: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, long pants, and a light jacket.

 

Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17  
Adult
Child 0-12

Hilo Tropical Waterfalls

 
$134.37
$103.12
       

Explore the rich heritage of Hilo as you travel Old Hawaii's charming backroads and scenic byways to visit historic landmarks, beautiful waterfalls, and a family-owned tropical fruit farm. Enjoy an intimate group setting as your Interpretive Guide leads you on a trip back through time while you taste the bounty of Hawaii Island. If you have just a few hours and want to soak up the very best of Hilo's beauty and rich heritage, join us for this fun, informative and tasty journey through Hilo's tropical paradise.

- Make the most of your time in Hilo with a local guide showing you the highlights.
- Venture onto private property to taste seasonal tropical fruit and freshly cracked macadamia nuts at our exclusive pavilion overlooking Rainbow Falls.
- Delve into Hilo's rich agricultural heritage with visits to its significant landmarks and sites, including the Wainaku Center, the former heart of Hilo's bustling sugar industry.
- Take in the thundering waterfalls that seem to appear around every corner as you travel the historic highways and scenic corridors in and around Hilo.

Included in the Tour: Coffee and farm food tasting, beverages.
Restrictions
: Guests should be able to walk on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.
What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen and a light sweatshirt or jacket.

       
Effective: 1/1 - 12/31/17    
Adult

Volcano Extreme and Waterfall Swim

   
$455.00
       
Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience two of our Island's most exhilarating experiences in one half day adventure. Start with Paradise Helicopter's Doors off Volcanoes and Waterfalls Extreme Helicopter flight over Kilauea- the world's most active volcano. Then land at our exclusive landing zone at one of America’s largest tropical fruit farms. Swim, kayak, or paddleboard under a private 120 foot waterfall. Finally kick back on a private deck and take in the lush scenery around you as you enjoy a deli-style lunch and reflect on the whirlwind morning you just experienced. This is truly one of the island's most unique experiences available.

- Feel the heat of molten lava as you fly doors-off over the eruption sites of Kilauea Volcano
- Land next to a waterfall on a private tropical fruit farm
- Enjoy a locally made lunch in a beautiful outdoor setting
- Swim, paddleboard, or kayak below a private waterfall

Included in the Tour: Lunch, beverages, towels, use of daypacks, walking staffs, and raingear..
Restrictions
: hysical—Guests on this tour should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances up to a 1/2 mile
What to Bring & Wear: Closed-toe shoes, swim suit, and a light jacket. No hats on flight. Phones, cameras, and sunglasses must have straps on flight.

     

Optional Tours and Golf - All activities and golf are subject to change and or cancel without notice. Holidays rates or close-outs may apply. Please have your clients call to verify their activities/pick-up times upon arrival in Hawaii. Date, day and or time changes or cancellations may occur at any time due to weather, low occupancy or mechanical problems. Generally, tours cancelled outside of 48 hours will not have cancel penalties, however, each tour may have individual restrictions. No shows are subject to no refund. Tours missed due to illness will be entitled to a full refund if physicians papers are submitted.