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Kohala, Hawaii, HI

The basics

Although the region only comprises six percent of the Big Island's total area, it could still take weeks to explore in its entirety. Most visitors to South Kohala are familiar with the resort enclaves of Waikoloa and Mauna Lani, where golf courses sit in stark contrast to the surrounding black lava fields. Further up the road in the North Kohala plantation towns of Hawi and Kapaau, travelers will find artisan outposts of craft stores and coffee shops.

Rugged valleys with sing-song names such as Pololu, Waipio, and Waimanu form deep clefts in the lush mountainside and are a favorite of island hikers and thrill-seekers. Waterfall trekking and jungle ziplining are popular in these outdoor playgrounds, and Waipio Valley is regarded as one of the most scenic corners of the island. Off-road vehicle tours often include guided hikes, while a helicopter tour is ideal for aerial views of the Kohala Coast.

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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
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Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
$214.66 per adult
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My granddaughter and I had a wonderful time, the crew was extremely patient with us and made it so much fun. We both will remember this with fond memories If you have the chance to do zip lining, just do it you won’t regret it
Josie_R, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Big Island of Hawaii

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Amazing Zip
Geoffrey_P, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Having never zip lined before I truly did not know what to expect. Our guides, Braxton and Kat, were positively amazing. They were welcoming and friendly and their attention to safety alleviated any concerns I harbored. Halfway through our zip line I only wanted to go on longer. We had a group of eight and where we all started as strangers because of Brax’s and Kat’s infectious enthusiasm we were all friends by the end. I can’t recommend Kohala zip lines enough. I had the time of my life.
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Fun fun fun
Melissa_P, May 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Great adventure for all ages. Travis and Kylee (sp?) were great and entertaining as well! Which when you go you never know the level of fun and it was great. Our son is 11 and had the best time. It was the 2nd time zip lining and it was just as good as the first and much longer lines and higher as well
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Great guides, unforgettable adventure
Anastasia_H, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Bubu & Dexter we’re excellent guides! We had an unforgettable time. Would highly recommend this to anyone planning a trip to Hawaii!!
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Great zip line adventure!
Shannon_S, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Braxton and Kat were so fun, made everyone feel safe, encouraged, and like Ohana! Our group had an amazing time, even when I took forever crossing the many bridges!! 😂 They also made it a point to make sure we could get a particular shot we needed for a Girl Scout event. Thank you!
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Vacation MUST!
Christina_H, Jan 2022
Big Island Kohala Zip and Dip Tour from Kona
We will be talking about this Experience for years to come!! Nic & Jake were our guides and they went over and above to blend with our family & customize this day to fit our personal interests & energy level. We met a few of the other guides as well. All of the stuff was so helpful & personal!! This tour is a MUST for anyone visiting the Big Island!!
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Incredible sights from above
Todd_W, Dec 2021
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona
Awesome experience. Page, our helicopter pilot was very knowledgeable and did a great job flying over the active volcano and turning around several times so both sides of the helicopter could see the lava. The Big Island is breathtaking and can’t be accessed by car in a lot of areas. You really can’t appreciate the island until you get into a helicopter to see it for yourself. Highly recommended this tour and company.
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Amazing!
Susie_G, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Jake and David made my first zipline experience well worth it. I was extremely nervous but by the end of it, I was so grateful that I didn't chicken out. They also gave great food recommendations after. THANK YOU!!!
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Great fun!
David_C, Sep 2021
Big Island Kohala Zip and Dip Tour from Kona
Travis and Mike was fantastic for the zip lining! Mark was a great tour bus driver and a tour guide to the water falls. They were all very knowledgeable! Zip and dip is a must! Oh bring water shoes to the water fall for swimming. A lot of rocks.
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Wonderful experience!
Arlene_C, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Wonderful experience! If you’re on the fence like I was about zip lining, no need to be with this tour operator and the great team they have running it. It was my son’s favorite part of the trip.
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Really fun trip!
Steve_C, Feb 2021
Doors-Off Hawaii Helicopter Tour of Kohala Valleys and Waterfalls from Waimea
We had such a great time on this trip. Our pilot Ryan was knowledgeable, entertaining and made sure we were having fun. It was wonderful to see the waterfalls and coastline from the air. The trip was well worth the money!
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Amazing experience
Shilpa_W, Apr 2022
Big Island Kohala Canopy Zipline Adventure
Tour guides were fun, informative, and made you feel safe.. everyone in my family of 4 had a blast. Highly recommend this tour and tour company specifically!
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A Must If You Want To Really Experience the Island!
Keith_L, Oct 2021
Volcano and Kohala Landing Helicopter Tour on the Big Island from Kona
Taking this helicopter tour was one of the best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love experiencing as much as I can about new destinations I travel to, their culture, history, geography, etc. With the helicopter tour you see the island in ways you can't see with ground tours or trekking on your own. With a knowledgeable and easy-going pilot makes the experience better. It allows for an excursion that is unequal and memorable that will stay with you. I was able to see the lava bursts which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'll never forget. Then add the jaw dropping views of the coast makes this excursion a must for travelers to the island. I've already told my friends about it.

Things to know before you go

  • A must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and travelers wanting to venture into remote areas.
  • Trips last anywhere from 3 to 8 hours, depending on the option you choose.
  • Bring sturdy hiking shoes and a bathing suit. A sunhat is recommended for windswept open spaces.
  • Don’t forget binoculars; sightings of marine life are not uncommon on the coast.
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How to get there

The section of Highway 270 from Kawaihae toward Hawi up to the Pololu Lookout hugs the dramatic coastline. Further inland, Highway 250 toward Waimea takes you along the Kohala ridge. For those who’d prefer not to rent a car, most tours offer pickup and drop-off at Kohala and Waikoloa hotels and include a drive up the Kohala coastline. Helicopter tours typically provide a round-trip transfer to the Kona airport, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.

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When to get there

During the annual King Kamehameha Day celebrations each June, the namesake statue presiding over Kapaau is draped in flower leis. During humpback whale season (late December through March), migrating humpbacks join spinner dolphins and other marine life offshore.

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Hawaiian History Buffs and Ocean Bluffs

The white sands of Hapuna Beach are a favorite of beachgoers, but history buffs will love Pu’ukohola Heiau, which was commissioned by King Kamehameha. While this National Historic Site sees thousands of annual visitors, only a mere handful will make the journey to the smaller Mo’okini Heiau on windswept Upolu Point. Constructed in the 5th century AD by some of the earliest Polynesian voyagers, this is also where King Kamehameha was born.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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