Kohala Tours

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Formed by a 5,400-foot volcano, Kohala is dominated by lush valleys, laid-back plantation towns, verdant pastures and ancient Hawaiian religious sites. The area is an outpost of cowboys and hippies with its beaches, valleys and architecture, the latter of which ranges from the modern resorts of South Kohala to ancient temples constructed entirely of stone. Although the land area only comprises 6% of the Big Island's total area, it could still take weeks to explore in its entirety.

Most visitors to South Kohala are familiar with the resort enclaves of Waikoloa and Mauna Lani, where golf courses sit in stark contrast to the surrounding black lava fields. The white sands of Hapuna Beach are a favorite of beachgoers, and history buffs will love stopping in to the Pu’ukohola Heiau, which was commissioned by the great King Kamehameha. While this national historic site sees thousands of annual visitors, only a mere handful will make the journey to the smaller Mo’okini Heiau on windswept Upolu Point; constructed in the 5th century AD by some of the earliest Polynesian voyagers, this is also where King Kamehameha was born.

Further up the road in the North Kohala plantation towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, travelers will find artisan outposts of craft stores and coffee shops. A massive statue of King Kamehameha presides over Kapa'au and is still draped in flower lei during the annual King Kamehameha Day celebrations each June.

On the eastern coast, rugged valleys with sing-song names such as Pololu, Waipio, and Waimanu form deep clefts into the lush mountainside, and are a favorite of island hikers and thrill-seekers. Waterfall trekking to jungle ziplining are popular in these outdoor playgrounds, and Waipio Valley is regarded as one of the most scenic corners of the island.

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Like a large thumb jutting into the sea, the Kohala district occupies the northwestern tip of the sprawling Big Island of Hawaii. 
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Address: Kohala, Hawaii, HI, USA
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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure

Fly across the lush forest of the Big Island’s northern Kohala region on a 3-hour zipline adventure near Kapaau. Trek through the treetops in a canopy park featuring a series of suspension bridges, platforms and nine thrilling ziplines. Expert instructors are on-hand to ensure everyone’s safety while cruising across the customizable, whisper-quiet course.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$185.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour

Delve into Hawaii’s history and prepare to get wet on this full-day waterfall adventure tour of the Big Island’s Kohala coast. Begin with a drive up the Kona coastline past lava flows, and take in sweeping views from the old Kohala Mule Station lookout. Rumble through the rugged landscape in an off-road vehicle and hike along the tunnels and aqueducts of a historic sugar plantation. Admire the seven Kohala waterfalls and cool off with a dip under the final cascade. A picnic lunch and hotel transport are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$192.00
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island

Soar over the rugged coastline, active volcanoes and cascading waterfalls of the Big Island on this unforgettable, 3-hour helicopter tour. Listen to expert narration from your pilot while soaking up incredible aerial views of smoking Kilauea Volcano and the magnificent mountains and sea cliffs of the Kohala Coast. Touch down on a lush and remote part of the island that most visitors never get to see, and enjoy your own private slice of paradise before taking to the skies again.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$659.00
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Viator VIP: The Sunset Experience Helicopter Tour from Kona

If ever there were a place to see by helicopter it’s the spectacular Big Island of Hawaii. Here on America’s largest island, the landscape ranges from snowcapped summits to crashing waves on the coast, and thundering falls through rich green rainforests to black-sand beaches and lava. On this VIP Big Island helicopter tour, which can only be booked on Viator, experience a whopping two full hours of jaw-dropping aerial views, and sip Champagne before soaring over the Big Island shoreline until sunset.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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US$750.00
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Tour: Hawaii Island Adventure

Discover the best of the Big Island on a full-day tour with a private guide, and explore Hawaii’s volcanos, rainforests and coastal scenery. Walk to a trio of waterfalls fringed with bamboo and wild orchids, then enjoy sweeping views of Waipio Valley's cliffs. Pause for a cup of coffee on a historic farm, spot green sea turtles on a black sand beach, then rise into the island’s rugged mountains. Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s lava tubes and feel Kilauea’s heat as you step to the edge of a steaming vent.  
  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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US$225.00
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  • Duration: 8 to 12 hrs
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Hawaii Loa Luau on the Big Island

Experience Big Island hospitality at a luau that features Hawai'ian food, drinks and entertainment. Sip drinks from an open bar as you enjoy a buffet style feast; sample kalua pig alongside seafood, fruits and salads, and finish your meal with an assortment of sweet island desserts. Watch the tropical stars appear as a series of talented performers depict the travels of Hawai’i Loa and his discovery of the Hawai’ian Islands.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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US$119.80
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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