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Kings, Kohala & Paniolo
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Experience Kohala with Kings and Paniolo on the Big Island of Hawaii, the birthplace of King Kamehameha.
Begin your adventure with views overlooking Pololu Valley. Below the black sand beach dunes covered with vegetation create one of the most spectacular panoramic views on the Island of Hawaii. The enormous Pu’ukohola Heiau located more than 40 miles away was created with stones passed hand to hand from this valley on orders from the King. Next, travel to the original statue of King Kamehameha. Commissioned in 1878 and cast in Paris the statue commemorates the King’s conquest and unification of the islands.
Explore postcard-perfect Hawi town, known as the bicycle turn-around for the annual IRONMAN race and chock full of artist’s galleries and specialty shops. Enjoy a delicious lunch at one of Hawi’s best restaurants with some free time to shop in town and explore the small sugar plantation museum and visitor’s center.
Traveling Kohala’s mountain road from Hawi to Waimea, enjoy one of the most scenic drives on the island along the spine of Kohala Volcano. Conclude the tour in Paniolo Country, Waimea. Celebrate the pioneers who helped establish the Big Island’s vibrant ranching community as your National Park Service trained guide reveals the historical and cultural significance of Waimea’s paniolo landmarks including Parker Ranch. Walk back in time as you navigate the Parker’s two historic homes. The original Parker home, Mana Hale, built by John Palmer Parker and Hawaiian Chiefess Kipikane in the early 19th century, along with luxurious Pu’uopelu purchased by John Parker II in 1879 are both preserved and rich with heirlooms. Next travel high above the Hualalai Volcano for a hike through the cloud forest before returning to the pier.
Need to Know:
Note: There are opportunities to purchase local products and souvenirs along the way. Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. The order of itinerary may change. Participants must be at least 4 years of age and be able to walk on uneven terrain & up and down stairs without assistance.
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Tours with this activity level involve physical exertion for extended periods of time; can involve uneven or steep terrain or swimming in a light current. Recommended only for physically fit and adventurous travelers.
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