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Hawaii Forest and Trail Endangered Native Habitats Adventure


Hawaii Forest & Trail - Endangered Native Habitats Adventure

This tour takes you from one natural extreme to the other, in the comfort of a four-wheel drive vehicle. You'll start out in the cool, dry sub-alpine forests of Mauna Kea volcano, then make your way down slope until you reach the moisture-drenched Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park and its ancient fishpond. Along the way you're likely to encounter a variety of rare and endangered bird species, including the Nene (the state bird) and the Palila, a lovely honeycreeper with a golden-yellow head. In addition, you'll see a myriad of other species, from native varieties to exotic passerines, migrants, vagrants, and game birds. It's a bird-lovers paradise!

Come along as we explore two rare habitats: the cloudmist kipuka rainforest on Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea.

Tour Highlights:

  • Fascinating birdwatching adventure
  • See two of opposing environments: a cloudmist rainforest and a sub-alpine dryforest
  • Great photo opportunities


  • breakfast of fresh island fruit
  • banana breads and pound cakes
  • Pure Kona coffee
  • Teas
  • Hot chocolate
  • Juices
  • Lunch of deli-style sandwich, chips, chocolate-macadamia nut cookie, sodas and juices


  • King's Shops in Waikoloa

Tour Inclusions:

  • Continental breakfast with baked goods, fresh local fruits, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • Deli-style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water
  • Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos
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Where and When:
Tour departs at 6:30 am and returns at approx. 4:00 pm.
Departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, 73-5593A Olowalu St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
Participants must be at least 8 years old.
Participants must be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain.
We sometimes encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.
This is a moderate to strenuous hike.
Special Notes:
Operation Days:
11-12 hours round-trip from Headquarters
Hawaii Forest and Trail
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Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos are provided.
Total : $0.00

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