Hiking on the Big Island: Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

April 4, 2012

Hiking in Hawaii is a fantastic way to experience and enjoy the natural beauty of the islands. 

On the Big Island, one of the hikes we recommend is the Kohala Waterfalls Adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail.  It is a full day tour combining auto touring, hiking and swimming.  Eager to find out more?  Read on.
Go for an offroad ride in a 6WD Pinzgauer.
The Kohala Waterfalls Adventure begins with a drive along the Big Island coastline, where the environment transitions from arid to lush.  Along the way you’ll journey up the North Kona and Kohala coastlines where lava flows from Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and The Kohala Mountains can be seen.  Plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, the site of the life-size statue of King Kamehameha I, are passed through before the real adventure begins. 
Hawaii Forest and Trail has their own private trail system.

At the end of the road, a short off-road drive in a 6WD Pinzgauer will lead you to the 1.5 mile hiking trail.  The hiking trail follows the early 1900s plantation-era Kohala Ditch Trail, and as you follow the looped trail you’ll see tunnels blasted and carved from rock, walk over an aqueduct on two bridges and learn the story and strive it took to build a 22 mile irrigation system through this long-ago sugar cane plantation.  Ancient Hawaiian history is included as well, with a visit to ta former taro farming site included in the hike.  Throughout the hike seven splendid waterfalls grace the trail.  Your hike concludes with the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in a cascading waterfall.

Kohala Waterfalls Adventure

This adventure is great for those of all ages.

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

Book your Kohala Waterfalls Adventure today and discover the Kohala’s “story of water.”

Written By Ashley


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