Shore Excursion Details

Historic Kings Trail To North Kohala

Kona, Hawaii

Historic Kings Trail To North Kohala


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Discover the lasting influence of King Kamehameha by exploring sites that were of great importance when he ruled Hawaii. Kamehameha is revered for uniting the Hawaiian Islands into one kingdom in 1810. About a decade earlier, the volcano Hualalai erupted, leaving hardened lava in its wake. While walking atop this rugged landscape, you will see petroglyphs and ingenious fishponds that the early Hawaiians created. Not far off, you will find a lava-rock temple built in the 18th century to fulfill a prophecy that Kamehameha would unite the islands. It is known as House of the Whale for the humpbacks often spotted just offshore. Following a simple lunchbox style meal at a statue of Kamehameha that was erected near his birthplace in Kohala, you will be free to explore Hawi, an artistic community with all sorts of eclectic shops. You will also tour a macadamia factory and sample these iconic Hawaiian-grown nuts.


  • Follow in the footsteps of Kamehameha, the king that united the Hawaiian Islands.
  • Walk across hardened lava from a volcano that erupted in Kamehameha’s time.
  • See petroglyphs, ancient fish ponds and an 18th-century temple built with lava rocks.
  • Dine under a statue of Kamehameha near his birthplace in Kohala.
  • Spend free time in the artistic community of Hawi and tour a macadamia nut factory.


  • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Wear long pants and closed-toe walking shoes.

Need to Know:

Note: Participants must be at least 5 years of age. The trail is uneven but not too difficult. Walking sticks and binoculars included. Sun exposure of nearly 2 hours during the two outdoor exercise portion requires guests to stay hydrated and to have proper covering, sunscreen, and water. It is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable (long pants), close-toe hiking shoes are recommended. Your meal includes a sandwich, granola bars, chips, an assortment of local treats.

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Excursion Type:

Wildlife Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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