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Historic Kona, Sacred Hawaiian Temples & Farm Tour (from Kona / Waikoloa)

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Satisfy your curiosity on a historic trip through downtown Kona, the Place of Refuge and farms yielding two of Hawaii's famed local products: coffee and honey!

Description

Delve into the fascinating history and vibrant culture of the Big Island. Explore the historic presence of downtown Kona, experience awe at sacred sites throughout Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (the Place of Refuge), sample delicious honey at Big Island Bees while learning about the beekeeping process, and stop to sip world-famous coffee from a local grower. Enjoy a complete tour that engages all the senses, and experience a depth of understanding that will give you a new appreciation for the beauty of Hawaii.

Includes

  • Park entrance fees

  • Rain gear

  • Beverages

  • Lunch

  • English-speaking guide

  • Chinese-speaking guide

  • Snacks
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Waikoloa & Kohala Area Pick-up

Duration: 6 - 8 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Park entrance fees / Rain gear / Beverages / Lunch / English-speaking guide / Chinese-speaking guide / Snacks

Schedule

  • 07:00

    Pick-up from Waikoloa & Kohala Area Hotels

  • Visit Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

    Learn about the amazing handmade fishponds and seawalls along the beach, and walk along a trail to sacred temples and petroglyphs. You might even spot a sea turtle or monk seal on the salt and pepper sands.

  • Stop at Big Island Bees & Honey Tasting

    Receive a presentation from a beekeeper, get a close-up look at a hive and sample some of their sweet island nectar.

  • Lunch at Kealakekua Bay

    Hear about Captain James Cook’s arrival at Kealakekua Bay and enjoy a fresh picnic lunch at the lookout.

  • Visit Ancient Royal Grounds at the Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge)

    Enjoy a narrated walking tour and learn how Hawaiians who had broken an ancient kapu (law) could flee to this seaside location to be absolved by a priest.

  • Stop at Greenwell Farms Kona Coffee Plantation

    Walk through the orchards and learn about the harvesting and milling process, then sample a warm cup of Kona-grown java before head back for the day.

  • 14:00

    Drop-off

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Kona & Keauhou Area Pick-up

Duration: 6 - 8 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Available
Inclusions: Park entrance fees / Rain gear / Beverages / Lunch / English-speaking guide / Chinese-speaking guide / Snacks

Schedule

  • 07:00

    Pick-up from Kona & Keauhou Area Hotels

  • Visit Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

    Learn about the amazing handmade fishponds and seawalls along the beach, and walk along a trail to sacred temples and petroglyphs. You might even spot a sea turtle or monk seal on the salt and pepper sands.

  • Stop at Big Island Bees & Honey Tasting

    Receive a presentation from a beekeeper, get a close-up look at a hive and sample some of their sweet island nectar.

  • Lunch at Kealakekua Bay

    Hear about Captain James Cook’s arrival at Kealakekua Bay and enjoy a fresh picnic lunch at the lookout.

  • Visit Ancient Royal Grounds at the Puuhonua o Honaunau (Place of Refuge)

    Enjoy a narrated walking tour and learn how Hawaiians who had broken an ancient kapu (law) could flee to this seaside location to be absolved by a priest.

  • Stop at Greenwell Farms Kona Coffee Plantation

    Walk through the orchards and learn about the harvesting and milling process, then sample a warm cup of Kona-grown java before head back for the day.

  • 14:00

    Drop-off

We had a wonderful day touring historic and sacred sites as well as Greenwell Farms and Big Island Bees. Our guide, Kawika, was highly knowledgeable about the areas visited and wove together an interesting narrative of the traditions, the myths, and the historical facts of Hawai’i. His personality fit very well with the people in our group, so it was enjoyable and personable as well. Greenwell Farms and Big Island Bees were beautiful and I bought coffee and honey to take home with me. I recommend this tour. We did a half day, but a full day with Kawika would be just as informative and entertaining.

Deborah

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Notes

Restriction(s)
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  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

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  • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
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  • Closed toe shoes

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  • Comfortable clothing

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  • Hat

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  • Sunglasses

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  • Camera

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  • Sunscreen

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  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

Additional Note(s)
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  • Chinese speaking tour guides available.

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  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

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  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

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  • You will share the transportation with other customers.

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  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

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  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the lunch menu?

Your gourmet lunch consists of teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks and bottled water.

How difficult will the walking portion of this tour be?

This tour includes easy hiking over short distances. It should be suitable for all healthy individuals ages 5 and up.

Can cruise ship visitors go on this tour?

Yes, pick-up is available from Kailua-Kona pier with an expected return time of approximately 15:00.

Will we get to taste Kona coffee and honey?

Yes, there will be free sample tastings at Greenwell Farms and Big Island Bees.

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Reviews

We had a wonderful day touring historic and sacred sites as well as Greenwell Farms and Big Island Bees. Our guide, Kawika, was hi...ghly knowledgeable about the areas visited and wove together an interesting narrative of the traditions, the myths, and the historical facts of Hawai’i. His personality fit very well with the people in our group, so it was enjoyable and personable as well. Greenwell Farms and Big Island Bees were beautiful and I bought coffee and honey to take home with me. I recommend this tour. We did a half day, but a full day with Kawika would be just as informative and entertaining. more

Deborah

There isn't much to this tour that you couldn't do on your own. Both of the national parks were interesting, but my fami...ly and I would have loved to have more time to take them in. The bee farm was also cool - their employees were really enthusiastic and we enjoyed tasting all of the honey. However, the coffee tour was given by a coffee farm employee who seemed to not know much of what she was talking about. Our tour guide from the tour company was honestly the highlight of the tour - he was really knowledgeable and funny, and he definitely made the tour as fun as it could possibly be. However, it felt like he didn't have that much to work with. more

Elise Wilson

Cancellation Policy

  • For groups of one to five people, any cancellations made after 17:00, 2 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

    For groups of six or more people, any cancellations made after 17:00, 3 business days prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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