Farm to Forest Tour in Kapolei, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail"Hotel Pick-up Only"Kapolei, HI 96707
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Discover West Oahu’s history through its people, food, landmarks, and stories. On this tour, you’ll learn more about the Hawaiian culture and lifestyle by visiting three farm locations not open to the public. From sea level to high in the mountaintops, you’ll see how Oahu’s natural landscape alters food production, tourism, and the livelihoods of the locals with help from your interpretive tour guide.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kapolei Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: approximately 7.5 hours long.
  • Appropriate for all ages.
  • A farm-fresh lunch, snacks, and water are included.
  • Tour groups max out at 12 people.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off from Waikiki area hotels are included.


from Farm to Forest
Experience Waianae, a special part of Oahu encountered by a few visitors. The Waianae coast is home to rural communities, sleepy white sand beaches, lush mountains, and a small-town vibe. This tour takes you to the heart of the community to tour a local farm, and hike through private forest reserves. 

Your journey begins on the coast where your Certified Interpretive Guide will help you to see the land divisions of old Hawaii and explain the "ahupuaa" system (ancient Hawaiian way of identifying neighborhoods). From there, you head inland to visit a local organic farm operation that teaches and employs underprivileged youth how to farm and how to pick up essential business skills.

After your organic farm immersive experience, you will head up the mountain and onto private land where you will have exclusive access to hike along the cliff sides of Palehua. From up top, you will get a bird's eye view of Waianae Valley. Waianae is home to the summit of Oahu's tallest mountain, Kaala. Enjoy a freshly prepared deli-style lunch at an exclusive overlook as you take in the views of the valleys below and the Pacific on the horizon. Completing your adventures in the mountain, sit back and relax as your guide drops you back at your hotel with a fresh perspective on island-life and Hawaiian culture.

  • Visit and Ancient Hawaiian temple site and learn its significance in the Hawaiian Kapu System of law

  • Visit a local farm practicing modern community-based farming that supports educational opportunities for youth while providing high-quality produce for the island's hottest chefs

  • Taste the harvest prepared local style in your farm-to-fork lunch, after meeting the farmers themselves

  • Pass through locked gates high into the Waianae mountains and take a short hike through the forest to our exclusive overlook featuring breathtaking views of Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, and Diamond Head

Schedule: Tour available Monday, Wednesday, & Friday with pick-up provided from all Koolina & Kopolei hotels and select locations throughout Waikiki. Duration: 5 - 6.5 hours

Rated: Easy to moderate; Walks varying in length from .5 mile to 1 mile, some uneven terrain and can be foggy & misty in the mountains. All ages welcome

Included in the Tour: Exclusive access property fees, lunch, water, walking staffs, day-packs, and rain gear.

Menu: Farm-forward plate lunch featuring MA`O greens and Hapa rice with your choice of Huli Chicken, Kalua Pork, or Kal-bi short ribs.

Group Size: Tour limited to 12 guests

Restrictions: Guests should not be physically challenged or unable to walk short distances.

What to Bring & Wear: Closed toe comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket

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New York City, New York
"I saw planets!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
Great trip very informative. The dinner was nice but I wish I brought my own food, but then again the focus is the summit and the star gazing. Wear warm clothes, I don’t care how hot it is at the resort, it is freezing at the summit and while stargazing. I got to see a globular star cluster, Jupiter, Saturn and binary stars! Mataeo was extremely knowledgeable and the trip was enjoyable. Also, the oxygen deprivation is real so take it easy at the top.
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Leslie C
Maui, Hawaii
"A taste of the Big Island"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We have enjoyed other tours with Hawai’i Forest and Trail in the past and knew they would make this tour of the Big Island interesting and memorable for our grandkids and adults. Our guide Mateo was so knowledgeable and made so many Hawai’i facts come to life. Thanks Mateo and thanks Hawai’i Forest and Trail!
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Jane W
Pickerington, Ohio
"Awesome tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
We took the Mauna Kea Sunrise Tour and had a great time. Our guide, Matt was extremely informative and personable. The sights were unforgettable. If I had one complaint, it would be that the van was older and the seats were uncomfortable. Other than that, I highly recommend this tour and tour company!
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"Great Tour!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2019 NEW
My husband and I wanted to find tours to really see the beautiful island of Hawaii and this one really hit home! Gorgeous scenery, fantastic locations thanks to their relationship with the locals, sights we wouldn’t have seen otherwise! Our tour guide Amanda was so friendly and VERY knowledgeable, it was like having a friend showing you around the island. I would highly recommend this if you are looking to see what the land has to offer, very easy as well!!
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"Mauna Kea Sunrise"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2019 NEW
Overall awesome experience. Our guide was nice, knowledgeable and onetime. The vehicle and cold weather clothing were excellent, and the tour fantastic. Watching the full moon set, then stargaze for an hour was amazing. Other than being out at sea, it was by far the best star gazing on land I've experienced. Followed by an incredible sunrise.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Farm to Forest

How much hiking do we do? 
We’ll stop a couple times throughout the adventure for short hikes. One hike is around 0.5 miles, and the second is around 1.5 miles.

Is there elevation gain? 
The farm tour's walk is on flat ground. The forest hike you can expect a moderate ascent and descent.

What should I wear? 
Wear closed toe comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket.

Is this tour appropriate for all ages?

Are food and beverages offered?
Yes. Your tour will include a fresh farm-to-fork lunch featuring local produce from our favorite local lunch spots, as well as snacks and water.

Will I be picked up from my Waikiki area hotel?
Yes. Please refer to the instructions on your tour confirmation for scheduling tour pick-up and drop-off.