Kohala Waterfalls Adventure in Kailua-Kona, HI

Hawaii Forest & Trail73-5593 Olowalu StreetKailua-Kona, Big Island, HI 96740
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Overview

Offered by Hawaii Forest & Trail, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure offers an 8-hour round trip through the rainforest, ideal for guests of all ages. The tour includes a trip up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines near the lava flows (caves) from Mauna Loa, Mount Kea and the Kohala Mountains, and more. Guests are provided lunch, as well as walking sticks, warm wear, backpacks, and ponchos.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Kailua-Kona, Big Island Travel Experts
  • Tour duration: 8 hours.
  • Deli-style lunch included.
  • Recommended for all ages.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Visit 7 beautiful waterfalls, swim in a waterfall, and ride in a Pinzgauer on rugged Hawaii trails.

Description

from Kohala Waterfalls Adventure
The Kohala Waterfalls Adventures tour begins with a wonderful drive of contrast and change from the dry-side resort area to the lush green country of Kohala. Along the way, you'll journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines over lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and the Kohala Mountains. Often from the shoreline you are able to see splashing spinner dolphins or in the winter months, breaching humpback whales. You'll pass through the quaint plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I. At the end of the road a brief rest stop at the historic Kohala Mule Station offers one of Hawaii's most spectacular coastal views. Then the real fun begins, with a bumpy but short off-road drive in our 6WD Pinzgauer on an old cane road over private ranchland to our trailhead.

This Tour is great for:
- Couples
- Families

The Adventure: Out of the Pinzgauer, you'll step back into the early 1900's, when plantation owners began construction of the Kohala Ditch Trail to bring much needed water to the sugar cane fields. Along the 1.5-mile loop trail, you'll see tunnels blasted and carved from solid rock, walk over an aqueduct on two bridges, and learn the story of the tremendous effort it took to build an irrigation system stretching over 22 miles. You'll delve into ancient Hawaiian history as well, visiting a former taro farming site just off the path. Seven beautiful waterfalls grace the trail. You can take a refreshing dip in the last pool we visit and play under a refreshing cascade. With stunning mountain panoramas, green valleys, and pasturelands, and of course the abundant water, the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure is a fascinating way for young and old to experience Kohala's "story of water."

Schedule: Tours daily. 8 hours round trip, departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, and Waikoloa Queen’s Marketplace.

Rated: Easy; all ages welcome.

Included in the Tour: Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water

Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos.

Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests.

Restrictions: Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions. Other tour restrictions may apply.

What to Bring & Wear: Comfortable walking shoes or reef walkers, bathing suit, hat, sunscreen and a light jacket.

Big Island Hawaii Customer Reviews

Terry McIlveen
1 Review
"Kohala Waterfalls Adventure"
December 2015
The waterfalls were spectacular, and the knowledge of the flora and history of the area by the guides just added to the enjoyment of the trip. I would strongly recommend the trip.
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Dale T
Sarasota, Florida
"Best excursion we've ever taken"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
Who doesn't love swimming in a waterfall! My wife and I had an awesome time on this tour. Our guide Mike was knowledgeable, kind and a lot of fun. There was a person in our group who was losing his sight. Mike made sure that he was able to do as much as he possibly could. In fact, Mike fostered a camaraderie in our group that really made it special. If you are going to book this tour, I would highly recommend booking it with Mike as your guide. It will be a wonderful experience. Thanks Mike for one of the best memories we have of our trip to Hawaii!
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AJC504
San Antonio, Texas
"Great tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019
Loved our tour guide NIc. Learned much, enjoyed our walk and had lunch at a really gorgeous spot. None of this is accessible to the public except by tour and well worth the price
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Clinton T
"cruise excursion"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 30, 2019
We took this excursion from the Pride of America NCL ship. We were in Kona just one day so choice to do the ship excursion rather than rent a car. Justin was our guide and he was excellent. He was continually asking us if we were alright, needed anything and he provided a delicious picnic lunch for us. You are not wasting your money on this trip if Justin is your guide. He was very informative and personable. You do need to be able to navigate some steep embankments but hike is not at all too strenuous. This trip does sell out fast so I wouldn't wait until you get on the boat to book. Wear good hiking shoes. He provides bug spray, water and sunscreen. This trip is highly recommended by my husband and me (over 60)!
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jpschwk
Chilliwack, Canada
"Fun waterfall adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019
We had a thoroughly enjoyable waterfall tour with the Kohala Waterfall Adventure tour! Despite having our trip cancelled last week due to poor weather conditions and a 30 minute late pickup yesterday due to a driver not showing up to work, we had a great time. Mike, our tour guide was very knowledgeable, had a great sense of humor and made sure we were safe. The highlights of the trip, for me, were the ride to the trailhead in the 6 wheel military transport vehicle and lunch with a magnificent view of the Valley of Kings. The waterfalls were ok with the last one being the best. The trails were muddy and somewhat slippery in places but not too bad. An unfortunate end to the trip was to arrive back at the departure center in Hava, where we were told that we could change out of out wet clothes after swimming in the waterfall pool and use the toilet, only to find it closed up early (1:45) I believe we saw the salesperson outside on the phone. We were told to use the facilities at the local pub but were denied entry, so our group had to use the potable toilets at the other end of the park. These were in terrible condition after an all day local outdoor market.
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764yawars
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Kohana waterfalls adventure "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 07, 2019
Our guide Melanie was very knowledgeable and engaging. We loved it though it was raining for the whole day. One improvement they can make is the lunch provided. Sandwiches weren’t the best but the tour was awesome.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

How much hiking do we do on the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure?
Expect to cover approximately 1.5 miles in 1 - 2 hours.

Is there elevation gain?
Expect to do minimal climbing. The estimated elevation gain over the course of the hike is about 200’.

What is the water temperature in the pool we swim in?
Water temperature varies by season and the amount of rainfall. Temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees F.