July 31st, 2009
The only way to truly experience the full beauty of the island of Hawaii is through a bird’s eye view. From helicopter tours that take you to a secluded valley for a picnic lunch to “doors off” tours, there is an experience for everyone.
My personal favorite tour has a perfect blend dedicated to bring the pure beauty of Hawaii to you. Experience the majesty of Hualalai, the seasonal snow capped mountains of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, the wrath of the Goddess Pele as she exhales billowing vog from Halema’uma’u Crater, the entry of the lava into the cool waters of the Pacific, the rainforests of the east, the lush valleys, white and black sand beaches of the coast and jaw dropping waterfalls all in one tour. What makes this tour different from any other tour is that you will experience an exclusive landing in a secluded valley near a mountain stream for a light lunch. The drifting clouds over the valley walls perform tricks on your eyes, the cool waters of the stream dance over stepping stones and the overwhelming mana (sacred spiritual power) of the ‘aina (land) will warmly embrace your spirit.
June 28th, 2009
The Big Island is home to a new and exciting activity that is in great demand. Once used as a mode of transportation for people and goods, zip lining started a craze for adventurous folks looking for an adrenaline rush. The start up of Big Island Eco Adventures Zipline Canopy Tour has combined the beauty of the Big Island with the thrill of the zip line. This low impact activity requires low to moderate physical strength, which expands it’s popularity among more than just the adrenaline junkies.
Located in Kapa’au, just past the King Kamehameha statue is the check in base yard for the Zipline Canopy Tour. It is approximately an hour’s drive from Waikoloa Beach Resort. The maximum group count per tour will not exceed ten guests to ensure personal attention. Guests are then tucked into a Pinzgauer, a 6wd Swiss Army vehicle, for a 30 minute off road journey. The beauty of North Kohala provides gorgeous scenery as the ride takes you from a few hundred feet above sea level to the 2200’ level. Keep on the look out for wild pigs and wild cows.
Once you arrive at the course, a brief hike will deliver you to the first zip line which is in the 200’ long range. It is the keiki line, and it designed to gently welcome you to the ziplines. The remaining 7 ziplines increase in length, with the last one spanning approximately 1100’ feet. The ziplines give you an awesome view of the forest, ravines and at least 3 waterfalls. The last two will take your breath away with views of Maui, the Kohala Lighthouse and a waterfall. You may be an expert steersman by the end of the tour.
The course also includes a wooden bridge and a suspension bridge. A cantilevered pavilion affectionately known as the “Mac Nut Hut” offers a vantage point overlooking a 32’ waterfall. Delicious homemade snacks such as granola energy bars, pineapple or banana bread, or crackers with lilikoi butter have been prepared for you by a local children’s group. Home grown fresh fruits, macadamia nuts and Aloha drinks are also part of the snack stop.
The four hour adventure ends with your downhill Pinzgauer safari. During the winter season, you’ll also want to keep an eye out for whale sightings. This tour is one of the hottest new attractions, sure to leave you with a distinct memory of the Big Island that is only now available.
The tours are daily on the hour from 8 to 2.
June 28th, 2009
Dolphin Quest Hawaii
We are the lucky neighbors of Dolphin Quest Hawaii. Located in the Hilton Waikoloa Village, this international organization is dedicated to the public education and conservation of marine wildlife. Founded by two marine mammal veterinarians in the 1980’s, this popular attraction has a long history of entertaining, educating and tugging at the heart strings of their guests.
There are several programs to select from, specially designed for toddlers, older children, the aspiring dolphin trainer and for the young at heart. As you can expect, it is a costly program as you can imagine. However, they have recently added less expensive programs which start at $80.
Call us at 808-333-1910 about Dolphin Quest at the Hilton Waikoloa Village.