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There’s so much to explore on Hawaii Island and KapohoKine Adventures has a long list to choose from including volcano tours, zipline tours and various water activities. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is in Hilo trying out pedal boarding for the first time.
One adventure you can go on is the Waipio Valley Explorer. Check out the ancient breadbasket of Hawaii Island on the unique exploration of the lush Hamakua Coast. Start with a drive to Rainbow Falls, the iconic waterfall that features an 80-foot tall twin waterfall system. Look for the rainbow effect that gives the waterfall its name! Continue the drive through the Onomea Scenic Route, a 4-mile section of the original old highway punctuated with historic wooden bridges, waterfalls and lush tropical foliage. Leaving Onomea behind, drive to Akaka Falls for a short walk through the fern forest studded with orchids to see this majestic beauty. Enjoy expansive views of the falls tumbling 440 feet. Finally, transfer to four-wheel drive van for the careful drive down into Waipio Valley. Known as the Valley of the Kings, Waipio Valley is a place of impossibly steep cliffs carved by waterfalls cascading more than a thousand feet to the valley floor. Once inhabited by thousands and now still home to taro farms and wild horses, Waipio Valley is a lush, mystical place rarely visited. Explore the valley before making the steep drive back out and returning to Hilo
You can also choose to explore Hawaii Island’s explosive side on foot during the Kilauea Hike and Flow adventure. Hike to Kilauea’s historic lava flow from 2018, an imposing 40 foot tall wall of black lava covering the highway, and follow the flow to where it entered the ocean and changed the shape of the island. Step over cracks and sink holes left behind by the eruption in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Tour also visits Volcano Winery, Kaumana Caves, Kilauea Iki, Volcano House and Steaming Bluffs. Tour includes a two-mile hike on partial pavement and one mile hike on black lava plus shorter walks. Picnic lunch and Hawaiian-Style BBQ dinner all included.
Guests can also come experience the views of Hilo town from a different perspective with a guided kayak or paddle board adventure! Guests depart the pier at Hilo Bay behind KapohoKine Adventures store every Tuesday and Friday at 10 a.m. Join the knowledgeable and lifeguard-certified guides and explore the history of this intriguing area, from the surprising history of Moku Ola (coconut island) to the changes our dynamic landscape has made to Hilo town. You will mosey along tranquil rivers and explore hidden waterfalls, keeping an eye out for friendly honu before heading back to shore. Water and light snacks provided.