Farm to Forest Tour in Kapolei, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail"Hotel Pick-up Only"Kapolei, HI 96707
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Overview

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.

Description

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.

Highlights:
  • 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 your choice of deli sandwiches: Turkey, Tuna, Ham, or veggie hummus wrap.

    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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    T M
    Dubuque, Iowa
    "The best way to experience the true island of Hawaii"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed February 22, 2020 NEW
    Excellent knowledgeable guide with expertise in native wildlife and plants. The best way to see the endemic bird species on the island
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    TrlLuver
    London, Canada
    "Beautiful Waterfalls a plenty!"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed February 22, 2020 NEW
    Half day waterfall hike with lunch included. Picked up at Hiton Resort and made 3 other stops before drive north. Our guide, Taj was an exception source of information about the local flora, fauna and BIRDS lol. Low key guy but a pleasure to spend the day with and learn more about the importance of conservation and the historical events that has lead Hawaii down a tough path or invasive species Easy hike through forest, good for all ages with various fitness levels as long as they are steady on their feet. CHILLY swim at last waterfall but a must do! Lovely lunch overlooking beautiful scenery. Walking poles, towels, rain jacket, water and water bottles, nature safe sunscreen all provided along with small carrying packs. Water shoes a must for waterfall swim.
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    AzCarolTucson
    Prescott, Arizona
    "Mauna Kea Sunrise- wayyyyy better then Haleakala"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed February 21, 2020 NEW
    Our excellent guide Angela was informative and engaging. The dark skies at night in this season allowed us to see the Sputhern Cross and the North Star. Added play- the International Space Station flew above us. We made our way to the top to see the sunrise above the clouds over Hilo and the shadow of Mauna Kea emerge to the west. Thankful for the coats and gloves provided. I had done sunset tours and this was as wonderful. Less people up there and just as magnificent as the nightfall sunset tour. As someone who lived on the Big Island for a number of years, I took Hawaii Forest and Trail tours at many of their location because they are truly experts and they are safe and reliable. I highly recommend this- and Angela, a Hilo born and raised woman, knows a great deal. Totally worth getting up and out in the dark.
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    wpacfritz
    Blacklick, OH
    "Waterfall adventure"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed February 21, 2020 NEW
    We did the waterfall adventure with them. Mark was very knowledgeable and took time to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The lunch spot looking the coastline was amazing.
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    Roam34623622991
    "The Perfect Rainforest Day"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed February 20, 2020 NEW
    Gary took us on a fantastic day tour to the rainforest preserve on the west side of the Big Island. It was magical and very educational, a great hike through this fragile ecosystem with its endangered bird species. Just when we were commenting that we were so fortunate that we were able to see all the species we had hoped to except the native owl, one made an appearance right alongside the van toward the end of the trip back. Gary sure knew how to work the suspense. ;-) We aren't avid birders, but were caught up in Gary's knowledge and ability to help us relative amateurs observe and understand the plants and animals around us. We came away with hoping that people in Hawaii can find a way to preserve more open space and allow the native species to repopulate more of the islands over time.
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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?
    Yes.

    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.