Kohala Waterfall Hike
Vendor: Hawaii Forest and Trail
Category: Hiking
Location: Hawaii


The 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 youll 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. Youll 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 you will pass through a locked gate onto private property, and the real fun begins, with a bumpy but short off-road drive in a 6WD Pinzgauer on an old cane road.

Out of the Pinzgauer, youll step back into the early 1900s, 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 youll 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. Youll 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 you 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 Kohalas story of water.


  • Ramble off-road in a 6-wheel-drive Pinzgauer (an Austrian military vehicle)
  • Take a relaxed, guided walk through a private nature reserve
  • Cool off with a swim under one of seven cascading waterfalls
  • Walk through a restored ancient Hawaiian agricultural site
  • Enjoy a private picnic lunch with views of soaring seacliffs and remote valleys, at one of the islands best scenic lookouts
  • Shop or enjoy local ice cream in historic Hawi town


  • Deli style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water
  • Gear Provided: Walking sticks, warm wear, day packs and rain ponchos.
  • Knowledgeable Guide


  • Availability: Daily
  • Time: pick up betwen 6:30 and 7:30 am,return between 2:30 and 3:30 pm
  • Location: Kona & Waikoloa Departures.
  • Duration: Approximately 8 hours


  • Tour limited to a maximum of 12 guests.
  • Guests should be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain. We sometimes encounter cool, wet or muddy conditions.
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Rates for
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Child (12 and Under)$170.00
Private (8 pax capacity)$2,160.00
Private (max 12)$2,640.00