In the middle of a lava desert, you'll find an oasis known as the Kohala resort area.
There you'll find perpetual sunshine and some of the best beaches in the state. You'll have to work hard to pry yourself away from the soothing surf and warm Pacific breezes. Beneath the swaying palms, relaxing becomes all too easy. We don't want you to relax too much though; we have some adventuring to do!
HEAVENLY HAMAKUA

•RAINBOW FALLS AND BOILING POTS
•SADDLE ROAD
•WAIMEA TOWN
•OLD MAMALOA HIGHWAY
•LAUPAHOEHOE BAY
•AKAKA FALLS
ONOMEA BAY

HEAVENLY HAMAKUA SUMMARY

PICK UP FROM KOHALA: Your adventure starts early at around 8am Because we feel that the Hamakua coast is best seen going north to south, we'll start our journey by heading to Waimea along the lower Kohala Coast

WAIMEA TO LAUPAHOEHOE: The road from Waimea to Laupahoehoe ventures from pines to palms. The rolling green pasture land of Waimea, slowly transitions to the palm and eucalyptus trees that dominate the area. The Old Mamalahoa Highway slowly curves with the land towards Laupahoehoe Bay; once home to the village of Laupahoehoe before being destroyed by the great tsunami of 1946. Despite being a place of great tragedy, Laupahoehoe Bay is a place of great beauty.

LAUPAHOEHOE TO AKAKA FALLS: The Old and New Mamalahoa Highway continues along the Hamakua coast towards Akaka Falls. This portion of the road passes through rolling grassy hills, towering gulches, and narrow jungle roads over creeks and streams. The portion of this trip concludes at towering Akaka Falls. At 422 feet, it is one of the tallest and most stunning waterfalls in the state.

AKAKA FALLS TO HILO: The final portion of our adventure takes us from Akaka Falls to Hilo. This portion of the adventure is dominated by jungle streams and gulches. Not to mention stunning views of the Hamakua coastline. Our last stop will be at beautiful Onomea bay, and a walk through the lush rainforest towards the coast. Once in Hilo, we'll swing by to get a glimpse at Rainbow Falls and the Bolling Pots.

JOURNEY ON SADDLE ROAD BACK TO KOHALA: Saddle Road crests at 6632. What was warm and comfortable in Hilo, will most likely be very chilly and windy near the crest of the road. We will pass through the rain forests of Hilo to the upper lava desert and scrubland of the crest. If conditions permit, you will receive stunning views of our planet's largest volcano, Mauna Loa, as well as glimpses of her neighbor Hualalai. As we approach the end of the road, we will pass near the clouds at crest before going back down towards the Kohala Coast towards Waimea.

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WHAT TO BRING

CAMERA: This one is optional, but we do recommend that you bring a camera. You will definately see something fantastic, and you'll definately want to share it with you friends and family back home.

FOOD: Lunch will be provided on every tour. Sandwhiches, drinks, and snacks will served, however, anything outside of that will be your responsability.

WALKING STICKS: We will be walking on some un-even ground. Those of you who aren't sure-footed, may be best helped by bringing a walking stick along. Plus it adds a certain mystique.

WHAT TO WEAR

PANTS, JACKETS, & HATS: Despite being in Hawai’I, it can get a little chilly up on Kilauea. Pants will help to cut the breeze and if you should trip, protect your skin against getting cut-up on the lava rock during hikes. Hawai’I is at the same latitude as the Sahara desert; regardless of a cooler temperature, the sun is still pretty strong. A hat, particular one of the larger, silly-looking ones, will help to protect your head and neck from the sun’s rays.

HIKING BOOTS: We won’t be doing any heavy-duty hiking; however, we sill encourage you to bring hiking boats along. We DO NOT RECOMMEND WEARING SANDLES. Hiking boats will give your feet extra protection and traction while walking on lava trails. Sandals can potentially be ripped apart, making the rest of the tour very uncomfortable.

SUNSCREEN: See Pants, Jackets, & Hats above. The sun can burn you, regardless of temperature.

WHAT TO EXPECT

MOLTEN LAVA: As we have stated many times throughout this side, the viewing of molten lava is not guaranteed, and is most often not expected. Typically, lava erupts outside of the general access of the population. However, there are times when flows will break out allowing for easier access and viewing. Most of the time though, seeing molten lava is a rare possibility.

HIKING: There is very minimal hiking on this tour. If your group is inclined, we can walk out to Lake Waiau, one of the highest alpine lakes in the world.

DELAYS AND CLOSURES: Unfortutely, we have no control of nature. Do to mostly volcanic circumstances, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and any road within can close at a moments notice. This goes for any road on the Big Island of Hawaii as well. There aren't many alternative routes like on the mainland. If an area closes and we expect it to effect our tour, we will let you know and discuss options with you.

AIR QUALITY: The air quality on Mauna Kea is very pristine. The only thing to consider is the lower levels of oxygen, which will most likely leave with shortness of breath and other high altitude releated symptoms.

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