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KapohoKine Adventures - Kings, Kohala and Paniolo (from Hilo)

Join Kapohokine Adventrues on an adventure to explore the birthplace of King Kamehameha, Kohala, with the Kings, Kohala and Paniolo tour!

Meet at the Hilo office location before heading off to the spectacular Hamakua Coast! The motorcoach makes a small stop at the Tex Drive-In, famous for malasadas! Malasadas are a fried Portuguese sweet treat.

Continue on along the spine of Kohala Volcano and enjoy the sghts as you travel along Kohala's mountain road from Waimea.

Once you reach the Pololu Valley, we'll start our hike out to see black sand beach dunes and panoramic views of the Island of Hawaii! In the distance, more than 40 miles away, the enormous Pu'ukohala Heiau can be seen. It was created with stones passed hand to hand from the Pololu Valley by order of King. Next visit the original statue of King Kamehamea, commissioned in 1878 and cast in Paris in commemoration of the King's unification of the Islands.

We'll make a stop in the town of Hawai, known for the IRONMAN race, for some lunch. You'll also have time for a little exploring at the shops, galleries, sugar plantation museum, and/or the visitor's center before we leave the area to head to Paniolo Country!

National Park Service trained guides will share historical and cultural significance of landmarks and the ranching community in Paniolo County. Visit Parker Ranch where there are two historic homes, the orginal Mana Hale and the Pu'uopelu of the Parker family. Both homes have been preserved and are rich with heirlooms and treasures.

To conclude the tour, you'll head back towards Hilo along Saddle Road. Views of Mauna Loa, and Mauna Kea are ample along the road. You can even catch glimpses of the Pohakuloa Training Area, the largest American military instillation in the Pacific, before descending down towards Hilo.

Tour Highlights:
  • Hamakua Coast
  • Tex Drive-In
  • Kohala's Mountain Road from Waimea
  • Return along Saddle Road, Mauna Loa, & Mauna Kea
  • Hike into Pololu Valley
  • Black sand beach dunes
  • Pu'ukohola Heiau views
  • Original statue of King Kamehameha
  • Hawi Town - stop for lunch
  • Paniolo Country, Waimea
  • Parker Ranch
Tour Inclusions:
  • Guests choose from the following for lunch at location (menu is subject to change without notice):
    • Hawaiian BBQ pork sandwich with slaw and rice or waffled french fries
    • Teriyaki chicken sandwich with slaw and rice OR waffled french fries
    • Kalua pork and cabbage with rice
    • Organic chicken caesar salad
    • Local veggie stir fry with choice of rice OR noodles and choice of Thai coconut OR Teriyaki sauce
Special Instructions
Where and When:
Transportation is available from most Hilo area hotels. If you select transportation your exact pick up time and location will be in your confirmation email.
If you did not select transportation but need it, please contact us to inquire about adding it.

Drive Out:
Check in at 6:30 am at KapohoKine Adventures. Check in location is at 93 Banyan Dr, Hilo, HI 96720 (Grand Naniloa Hotel). View Map
Tour returns to Hilo around 4:45 pm.
Guests should be able to walk unassisted for at least a mile if not more and be able to walk over uneven surfaces without assistance.
CLOSED-TOED Shoes required.

For smaller children, the adult in the party would be responsible making sure they can navigate the hike or holding them (backpack carrier etc). Please let us know if you will be bringing a car seat or need a car seat (Kapohokine can provide one with advanced notice.)
Special Notes:
Operation Days:
Operates Tuesdays to Fridays
approximately 10 hours
KapohoKine Adventures
Big Island
Maximum of 13 participants
Total : $0.00


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