Evening Volcano Explorer Kona Pick-Up in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresGrand Naniloa DoubleTree by Hilton LobbyHilo, HI 96720
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A unique way to experience Kilauea Volcano at sunset, Evening Volcano Explorer offers an exciting experience for guests of many ages to enjoy. Each fully narrated adventure begins with a picnic-style lunch, then proceeds with a visit to the renowned Punalu’u black-sand beach. Guests can also enjoy a delicious dinner at the Volcano House, as well as volcanic activity as the sun sets in the evening.

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from Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)
The original evening volcano adventure and still the best!

This tour visits two National Parks. Travel south into Kona coffee country for the first stop at Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park. Before coffee there was kapu, the ancient Hawaiian system of laws. Should a person break kapu and face almost certain death they could make their way to a place of refuge and be absolved. Pu`uhonau o Honaunau National Historic Park is one of those places of refuge. Explore this historic 420 acre Park with your National Park Service-trained guide and see temple platforms, fishponds, and remnants of ancient life in Hawaii.

Next, head up to Bay View Farm, a working 24-acre coffee farm nestled on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano just above beautiful Kealakekua Bay and known for the best Kona coffee since 1984. Here you'll see coffee growing on the trees and learn about the various steps and processes in making coffee, all of which happen right here on the farm. You'll sample 100% Kona Coffee along with a deli-style lunch at a gorgeous overlook with stunning views of Kealakekua Bay and the monument to Captain Cook standing on the only sliver of British land in the United States. The adventure continues as you head through the South Kona and Ka`u Districts. Stunning views, alternating between stark lava flows and Hawaiian dry forest, are visible through the huge picture windows of your tour vehicle. We stop briefly at Punalu`u Bake Shop, the southernmost bakery in America. Offering the finest time-honored Hawaiian sweetbreads since 1991, the Bake Shop offers an array of breads and cookies.

Shortly thereafter, you'll arrive at picturesque Punalu`u Black Sand Beach. Lined with swaying coconut palm trees, this is one of the best black sand beaches on the island. Stroll along the beach and look for honu (Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle) feeding just offshore or sun-worshipping on the sand. Next travel to the brown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor's Center, the Kilauea Ike Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Take a hike out to Keanakakoi Crater and step over the sinkholes and cracks in the roads left behind the historic 2018 eruption here.

Then it's on to the famous Volcano Winery, the southernmost winery in the United States. You'll sample up to eight different types of wines, varying from sweet to dry, and all with a unique Hawaiian flare. The Volcano Winery also has estate grown teas to taste and soft drinks and water are also included. After sampling beverages, you'll enjoy a hearty Hawaiian-style BBQ dinner with a complimentary glass of your choice of Volcano Winery wine or other beverage.

Guests should be able to negotiate stairs and walk for 20 minutes unassisted, all ages can be accommodated with the following restrictions:
  • State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)

  • Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)

  • Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult

  • Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns

  • Participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State and/or Federal officials

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laura m
Honolulu
"Zip through Paradise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Overall a super pleasant experience from beginning to end. They were flexible in changing our start time and the check in process was a breeze. We zipped through paradise with the help of Gtes, Kendall and Rachel. Good tips on agriculture, botany, geology and history. They were knowledgeable and fun! They made it an exhilarating (and safe) experience for my pole-hugging, leg-shaking, scared-of-heights mom, so super thankful for that! Would come back again. Mahalo
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Naomi D
"Fun, Informative and Adveturous"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
We are not zip-liners and would never have taken on something this radical without the sense of professionalism and safety and care we felt. Great service, great value and great fun. This is a group of people who care for their customers and are really well versed in local indigenous folklore, flora and fauna. It was a super informative and exciting day. Congratulations all on a well rounded experience.
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ARS24681357
"Great Adventure - Loved It!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 05, 2019 NEW
Our group of 6 did Ziplining Through Paradise with KapohoKine Adventures with a Groupon.  It was the first time ziplining for all of us and we all had a blast!  We arrived at the KapohoKine Adventures store at the Double Tree Hotel about 45 minutes before the van left to go to the ziplining camp.  There's a nice area outside of the hotel near the ocean that we were able to sit at and relax prior to departing.  In total there was a group of 12 in our ziplining group.  The drive from the hotel to the ziplining camp took about a half hour and once the van left the paved city roads, it was a very bumpy ride, especially for those sitting in the back like I was!    Once arriving at the ziplining camp we met our 3 guides who got everyone geared up and went over the safety rules.  All 3 of them were phenomenal (I can only recall one of their names - Emily and there was another male and female guide on our tour).  They were all very patient with our party as some of us were hesitant to "jump" off the platform at first but they were good sports about it.  In order to get up to the ziplines and transfer from one zipline platform to the next, you have to walk up/across suspension bridges.   After the first 4 ziplines we had a break for water, fruit (Apple Banana, Rambutan and Longan) and the restroom.  The second half of the course had the longest and most fun lines!  If you have a Go Pro be sure to use it the whole time!  My only regret is filming the second half of the course instead of the entire thing.   The guides were all very personable and made it a point to learn and use all of the guests names.  They all had great chill personalities which made the entire tour that much more enjoyable.  Anything you bring with you you have to carry the whole time, so be sure to have a light backup that can hold everything.  We had great weather during the day but it did start sprinkling during the last line of the day, so bringing a light jacket is suggested.  After the last line, we got out of our gear and then drove back to the hotel where we were able to purchase photos that were taken during the trip or souvenirs from the gift shop. Overall, I highly recommend this if you are looking for a Zipline Adventure.  Definitely worth the money!  
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melimir
California
"Great zip lining with a 7yr old"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
My daughter, age 7, wanted to zip line so badly on this trip to Hawaii. She is featherweight, just under 50lb so I had to call over the island for a place that would take her. Luckily, we found Kapohokine Adventures, and on our last day on the island we drove 2hrs across for a spectacular afternoon. Destiny, Leigh, Maria, and Chevy were expert, funny, and took great care of all of us- taking her tandem on a couple of the super long lines so she wouldn’t get stuck. The lines were thrilling, over tree canopies and several waterfalls. Highly recommend to anyone wishing to zip line with little ones (age 5 and up, 35lb and up).
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w-loves-kona
Duarte, California
"Dive Master Rachel-Captain Mike-Malibu Mark"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 03, 2019 NEW
To my fellow scuba divers --- if you want fun, very friendly and patient crew, I have 3 names for you! Rachel, Mike and Mark! If I'm wrong, I'll buy you and Rachel a very expensive beer!!! :) Kat, Patty & I would like to extend our thanks to you for making sure that we were safe from the start to the end of our dives. You are a class act! See you next time!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Evening Volcano Explorer (Kona Pick-Up)

How long is the experience?
The entire tour lasts approximately 10 hours.

Will I see volcanic activity?

We cannot guarantee that guests will see red molten lava or volcanic activity.

What happens in the case of rain?

Tours occur rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, a judgment call will be made.

Can you accommodate my food allergy or dietary restrictions for the picnic lunch?
Yes, if given advance notice.

Is this tour physically demanding?
Guests should be able to walk unattended and climb stairs. Guests with respiratory concerns should be cautious of the volcanic emissions (which include sulfur gas).

By state law, children under the age of 4 are required to use a child safety seat. Provide advance notice to avoid a charge. Booster seats are required for children ages 4 through 7 or those under 4' 9" and weighing less than 80 pounds.

Am I required to go on the tour with my child?
Yes. All guests under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent.

What should I wear on the tour?
Guests should wear comfortable clothing and closed shoes.

Can I be picked up at my hotel?
Pick up times and locations can be arranged if given advance notice. Call customer service for more information.