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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"Volcano Unveiled - Joel"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2019 NEW
What an amazing journey. Joel was friendly & very knowledgeable. We explored Lava Tubes & areas of the island I would have never had the opportunity to see & enjoy. Fantastic!
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"Very informative and nice trip"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 30, 2019 NEW
Was a very informative and nice trip. We enjoyed it a lot. But a group of 14 is maybe a little bit too big, considering that everyone wants to see the starts. :-)
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Las Vegas, Nevada
"Best Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2019 NEW
I would highly recommend the volcano by land and air that departs from Kona and the sunset and star gazing experience. The guides are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Anyone who wants to get a lay of the land and entrenched with the local history and sights these are definitely worth it!!
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"Volcano tour w Brett, from hilo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 27, 2019 NEW
Great chance to see a lava tube, amazing and one of a kind. Professional, friendly guide, HF&T is the best. I will keep trying new tours.
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Victoria, Canada
"Always a pleasure "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2019 NEW
HFT has always been a real pleasant experience. We do one expensive trip each time we come and this time we did the Kohala Zipline and it was super fun. The guides were amazing: friendly, knowledgeable, safety oriented and just fun to be around. It was enlightening and reassuring for us to see the extent that they cared for our safety and also for the habitat around us. Definitely recommend.
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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.