Make Kilauea Volcano and Volcanoes National Park your destination, and stay past sunset on this fully narrated adventure from Waikoloa/Kohala that includes coffee and more.
- Adult 13+ years old
- Child 12 and under
Discover Hawaii History with Kings and Paniolo
Begin your adventure with a hike into alluring Pololu Valley. 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 artists’ 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 worthwhile and 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 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.