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Exclusive Hike/UTV to Hualālai Craters

Kailua-Kona, United States

Experience hosted by Kimo

5 hours
Includes food, drinks
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

An exclusive (4 person max) cultural experience that includes access via UTV then a moderate hike with Kimo, your Native Hawaiian host. Experience Hualālai mountain craters as few ever have!

High above Kona, hidden in the clouds, lies this unique place. Come journey through craters, drylands forest, and historic lava flows amongst native birds and plants. This is not a tour, it's a cultural educational experience in this Sacred Place on private lands not open to the public.

You will have the opportunity to support the reforestation of Hualalai back by planting a Native Hawaiian tree. An experience to be cherished forever.

If you want to experience the unique cultural and natural resources of Hualalai, then this exclusive experience is for you. I look forward to meeting you!

The weather is unpredictable here so be prepared for both hot and cold weather. The fog and clouds may come in at any moment, but, the magic of walking in the clouds is surreal.
Other things to note
Consider your health and safety. This is a 90 minute hike at a high elevation on uneven, rocky ground. Craters have high cliffs and children must be monitored at all times.
An exclusive (4 person max) cultural experience that includes access via UTV then a moderate hike with Kimo, your Native Hawaiian host. Experience Hualālai mountain craters as few ever have!

High above Kona, hidden in the clouds, lies this unique place. Come journey through craters, drylands forest, and historic lava flows amongst native birds and plants. This is not a tour, it's a cultural educational experience in this Sacred Place o…

Kimo's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practising good hygiene and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    Turkey sandwich and chips.
  • Drinks
    Water and Juice
From $279
/ person
Tue, 27 Apr
$279 per person
$279 per person
Wed, 28 Apr
$279 per person
$279 per person
Thu, 29 Apr
$279 per person
$279 per person

Meet your host, Kimo

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 58 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I was born and raised on the slopes of Hualalai. My family has been caring for this special place for 4 generations. Hualālai’s natural and cultural resources are unique and amazing. This place is not open to the public, its EXCLUSIVE and by appointment only. Iʻm blessed to share with you Konaʻs breath taking mountain, home of the forest, birds, and craters of beautiful Hualālai. Learn more: http://www.uluhao.com/culture
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About the organisation: Uluha'o o Hualalai



Uluhaʻo o Hualālai's mission is to engage families in the stewardship of Hualālai's natural and cultural resources now and for generations to come. Bringing community connectedness with efforts to enhance the native forest ecosystems by removing aggressive invasive species, while propagating and out-planting select native species. To learn more visit http://www.uluhao.com

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Uluha'o o Hualalai.

Where you'll be

We will be high above Kailua-Kona on top of Hualalai Mountain at the 7,000 ft elevation. We will meet at the top of Kaloko Drive. Then we'll take a UTV ride through the forests and hike along trail to craters. The hike will be about 45 minutes each way to a cluster of breathtaking craters. We will then head down the mountain to a rustic cabin and stewardship site to have local lunch and plant a native tree. Inquire for days other than Sun/Wed!

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 58 reviews.

Shane
April 2021
Really great tour. We had a lot of fun on the hike and it was a fun ATV ride that was surprisingly smooth, given how brutal the terrain was. Very cool tour guide who knew a lot and had some memorable personal stories to tell about the mountain. Loved the tree planting as a bonus personal connection to this special mountain. Great tour overall and would highly recommend.
Really great tour. We had a lot of fun on the hike and it was a fun ATV ride that was surprisingly smooth, given how brutal the terrain was. Very cool tour guide who knew a lot and…
Jennifer
April 2021
We had such a memorable and wonderful experience with Kimo. He was so knowledgeable about the area, Hawaiian history and more. We love the outing, the hike, spectacular views and personal touches.
Anna
April 2021
We had a fabulous UTV ride and hike with Kimo. He is local, kind and knowledgeable. His passionate stewardship for the koa on the mountain was infectious. We saw many plants and a few animals (both long dead and living) that we’d never seen before. Highly recommend!
We had a fabulous UTV ride and hike with Kimo. He is local, kind and knowledgeable. His passionate stewardship for the koa on the mountain was infectious. We saw many plants and a…
Roxanne
April 2021
This is an amazing experience for anyone interested in the area history, geology, natural sciences, or nature! My teens loved it and they are not that into hiking. Kimo was a great story teller and engaged us all in a number of fun facts about the volcano. We loved it!
This is an amazing experience for anyone interested in the area history, geology, natural sciences, or nature! My teens loved it and they are not that into hiking. Kimo was a gre…
Meredith
March 2021
Wow. This was a once in a lifetime kind of vacation experience. I feel so honored to have been able to experience the mountain this way. The history, the natural beauty and education make this such a remarkable adventure. If you love learning and being outside, this is a great trip for you!!
Wow. This was a once in a lifetime kind of vacation experience. I feel so honored to have been able to experience the mountain this way. The history, the natural beauty and educati…
Kay
March 2021
-Kimo was very knowledgeable about Hawaii''s history and the origin of the land. He started off with a short orientation and asked for a permission or consent for the tour. I had a safe and nice ride in ATV, while he was driving, he was telling me short stories and background of the land. In between the rides, he showed me a big tree, in which it what will it become, for the tree plant we did at the end of our tour. It helped me visualize the goal of our tree plant and what a beautiful tree it will become. -Hiking Trail: it was an easy hike, more of a walking, and not much elevation and very safe. -View: stunning, I was above the clouds, and yet I was able to see the Maui island from there and the sea and other parts of Kona. It was breathtaking. I've been to Hilo Volcano National Park and this view is unique from Hilo's. You have it all to yourself/ to your group. Multiple Volcano Crates, unique stone formations that some are similar to Zion. -Cultural Experience: Unique stories, history and a real Hawaiian experience. -Trees/Flowers: I also learned different native trees that are growing around the area as well as native flowers that are unique from other states. He is very knowledgeable regarding Botany.
-Kimo was very knowledgeable about Hawaii''s history and the origin of the land. He started off with a short orientation and asked for a permission or consent for the tour. I had a…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Hiking Shoes

Light weight warm rain jacket