5 Activity Rating
5 Crew Rating
Hugh was extremely knowledgeable about so many areas, including geology, botany, the volcanoes, and the history of Hawaii. We enjoyed the hike immensely!
Our guide, Hugh, was fantastic! He was friendly and knowledgeable.
This half-day hike provides a rare opportunity to skirt the rim of the Big Island's most immense and best-loved valley. An historic trail takes you to places where you can securely view the ocean and the valley floor over 1,000 feet below.
The hiking is excellent - through rainforest and fields, across foot bridges over streams, by waterfalls and pools (bring your suit and towel!). The setting is unmatched anywhere.
Hawaiian Walkways is a charter member of the Hawaii Eco-Tourism Association, and received the "Tour Operators of the Year" Award in 2002.
"We will take you to places that are so beautiful and grand they take your breath away, " say Dr. Hugh and Kaulana Montgomery (Owner-Operators), "to give an understanding of the Island and its people that will help you feel enriched; to share an appreciation of the interplay of sea (kai), land ('aina) and life (ola) unique to Hawaii."
Schedule: Daily, year-round
Duration: 4 hours hiking.
Difficulty/Length: Moderate, 4½ mile hike
Location: Meet in Waimea Town
Time: Check in 9:30am
Children: Minimum age 8. Children 8-12 pay a reduced price
What to Bring: Swimsuit and towel for optional waterfall pool swimming.
NOTE: Closed shoes with good traction are a MUST. Rainforest paths are well-maintained natural surfaces with some grass, rocks, roots, and often, mud. This area is renowned for its dynamic weather. Hikers need to be prepared for sun (with a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen) and for cool, moist air and wind (with a light jacket/sweatshirt).
Included: Light backpacks, Rain Wear, Walking Sticks, Insect Repellant, Food and Beverages (Deli-Style lunch, Cookies, Macadamia Nuts, Juice/Soda, and Bottled Water). Naturalist Guide Services at the ratio of one guide per ten hikers.