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North Shore Eco Tour Off-Road Ride, Tropical Valley Hike & Swim

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Take an off-road ride, hike deep into the private land in the Koolau Mountains, and enjoy a refreshing swim in a natural pool, all lead by native Hawaiian guide.

Description

This eco-adventure begins with an off-road expedition from the heart of Haleiwa up into the Koolau Mountains in the safety of an authentic Swiss Military Pinzgauer and then continues with a guided hike through the verdant beauty of Oahu's North Shore. These unique tours are led using the "Native Perspective", preserving traditional Hawaiian 'ike (knowledge) passed down from one generation to the next through an oral tradition including mo'olelo (stories), kāʻao (legends), oli (chant), and even hula (dance)!

Includes

  • Guide

  • Bottled Water

  • Hiking Sticks

  • Sunblock

  • Rain ponchos

  • Bottled water

  • Lunch

  • Backpack

  • Insect repellent
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The Big Adventure (3.5-Mile Hike)
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Your adventure starts right when you hop in a Pinzgauer and go on a 7-mile off-road adventure through old sugarcane fields while your guide shares stories about the land's history and uses. With over 10 stream crossings, hike past exquisite freshwater pools and enjoy the best mountain swimming on the islands!

Rated: Hike is rated Moderate to Advance with a 3.5mi (5.6km) round-trip hike. The trail conditions include slippery stream crossings, loose gravel, slick mud, and cliff sections. The trail has an elevation gain of 200 feet and therefore all hikers must be capable of traversing up and downhill sections. This trail has many stream crossings and you WILL get wet so please be prepared for wet clothes and shoes and be mindful of personal electronics. It is not suitable for elderly people or those with hip and/or knee ailments.

Duration: 6:30 hour(s)
Available: Thu and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Bottled Water / Hiking Sticks / Sunblock / Rain ponchos / Bottled water / Lunch / Backpack / Insect repellent

Schedule

  • 08:45

    Check-in at North Shore Marketplace

  • 09:00

    7-Mile Off-Road Ride to the Trailhead (20 min)

  • 09:30

    Hiking Tour (3 hrs)

  • 12:30

    Private Mountain Pool Swim & Lunch (1 hr)

  • 13:30

    Return Hike (1 hr)

  • 14:30

    Off-Road Ride Back to North Shore Marketplace (20 min)

  • 15:00

    Check-out at North Shore Marketplace

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The Little Adventure (2-Mile Hike)
308255

Start off the day with a 7-mile off-road adventure into the Koolau Mountains before continuing on a 2-mile trek through unspoiled natural beauty rarely witnessed by Oahu visitors. Pick wild bananas and guava as you hike through bamboo thickets and take a refreshing dip in a freshwater mountain pool. Scale windswept ridges, forge freshwater streams, and trek through verdant tropical valleys!

Rated: Hike is rated Moderate with a 2.0mi (3.2km) round-trip hike. The trail conditions include slippery stream crossings, loose gravel, slick mud, and cliff sections. The trail has an elevation gain of 200 feet and therefore all hikers must be capable of traversing up and downhill sections. It is not suitable for elderly people or those with hip and/or knee ailments. You will get wet, be prepared for wet clothes/shoes and be mindful of personal electronics.

Duration: 4:30 hour(s)
Available: Tue and Fri
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Bottled Water / Hiking Sticks / Sunblock / Rain ponchos / Bottled water / Lunch / Backpack / Insect repellent

Schedule

  • 08:45

    Check-in at North Shore Marketplace

  • 7-mile off-road ride to the trailhead (20 min)

  • 2-mile Hiking Trail (2 hrs)

  • Lunch & Mountain Pool Swim (1 hr)

  • Return off-road ride to North Shore Marketplace (20 min)

  • 13:00

    Check-out at North Shore Marketplace

I have hiked many of the popular attractions here on Oahu like Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, and Koko Head, but they have nothing as elegant as what the Huakai Iki hike has. We booked our tour, and was informed that the check in location is at the Aloha General Store. We were greeted by our wonderful guides Keola and Holly. We started venturing off on the private roads owned by Kamehameha Schools, Bishop Estate. We had excellent views of the agricultural land, the coastline of Haleiwa, the mountain ranges of both the Ko'olaus and Waianae! We had learned so much Hawaiian historical facts, such as endemic versus native species of plants and animals, special trees and plants such as the Koa tree, ohia lehua, and the strawberry guava tree. Keola and Holly are excellent guides! The one thing that I highly valued is that you can ask them anything! They will tell you if they know about it, and if they don't they will either call you or email me and give you the answer! Many other tour guides on other hikes, tend to come up with excuses, or falsified facts. But not Keola or Holly. We had great views of the swimming pools (water ponds), nice high clouds, and wonderful native plants. This is the best hiking tour that I have been on by far. I will definitely go out with north Shore Eco Tours again, for their Huakai Nui Hike! Mahalo Keola & Holly!

----------RHO----

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  • (For Check-In) North Shore Marketplace (North Shore Marketplace, Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI, United States) Time: 08:45:00

  • (For Check-Out) North Shore Marketplace (North Shore Marketplace, Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI, United States) Time: 15:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) North Shore Marketplace (North Shore Marketplace, Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI, United States) Time: 08:45:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) North Shore Marketplace (North Shore Marketplace, Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI, United States) Time: 15:00:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
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  • This trail has an elevation gain of 200 ft. (0.7 km) thus all hikers must be able to traverse up and downhill sections.

  • This trail is not suitable for the elderly or people with: hip and/or knee ailments; vertigo; or an extreme fear of heights.

  • Guests with heart and cardiovascular issues are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • If less than 2 participants are booked, the activity may not operate.

  • Children 10 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
All Packages
  • During rain and/or muddy conditions riders can get dirty – please DON'T wear your favorite aloha shirt!

  • Swimsuit

  • Closed toe shoes

  • Long pants

Requirement(s) - Others
All Packages
  • All guests are required to sign a waiver & release form prior to the start of their tour.

Additional Note(s)
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  • As such, hikers can expect exposure to: rain, streams, sunshine, wind, and/or high humidity.

  • Trail conditions include: slippery stream crossings, loose gravel, slick mud, and cliffy sections.

  • This trail has many stream crossings so YOU WILL GET WET! Be prepared for wet clothes/shoes and be mindful of personal electronics.

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

  • The menu is subject to change without notice.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this activity suitable for children?

You must be at least 8 years old for the Ikena Haleiwa hike and 10 years old for the Huakai Iki and Huakai Nui hikes to participate in this activity. Please consider fitness levels for children since these tours are can be somewhat physically demanding.

Should I bring bug spray on this tour?

No, bug repellent will be provided by the guides, you do not need to bring your own.

Can I bring my own snacks and drinks?

A light gourmet lunch is provided at the end of the hike. If you would like to bring additional snacks, you are more than welcome to.

Is giving a tip (gratuity) required?

Gratuity is never required, but if you enjoyed your experience a tip is always greatly appreciated!

What is the lunch menu?

All meals are served with fresh fruits, trail mix, or a cookie. Please choose one of the following delicious options.

Hale'iwa BBQ Chicken Summer Rolls: With bean sprouts, lettuce, basil & mint leaves, carrots, cucumber, and vermicelli rice noodles all rolled in a rice-flour wrap. Served with a Thai peanut sauce (served on the side).

Hale?iwa Thai-Style Shrimp Summer Rolls: Marinated shrimp, cucumber, carrot, somen noodle, M?noa lettuce and cilantro rolled in a thin rice wrapper and accompanied with a Thai chili peanut sauce

Hale'iwa Thai-Style Vegetarian Summer Rolls: Marinated Tofu with bean sprouts, lettuce, basil & mint leaves, carrots, cucumber, and vermicelli rice noodles all rolled in a rice-flour wrap. Served with a Thai peanut sauce (served on the side).

What sort of experience do the guides have?

Providing educational tours in an outdoor setting, the staff features cultural practitioners, Native Hawaiians, and Hawaiian educators that present Hawaiian history and environment from a native perspective. Many of the guides hold advanced degrees in Hawaiian studies or related disciplines as well as others with expertise ranging from hula (dance) to lomilomi (massage) to la'au lapa'au (medicinal herbs). Escape the sidewalks of Waikiki and enjoy an adventure with your new ohana (family)!

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Reviews

I have hiked many of the popular attractions here on Oahu like Diamond Head, Manoa Falls, and Koko Head, but they have nothing as ...elegant as what the Huakai Iki hike has. We booked our tour, and was informed that the check in location is at the Aloha General Store. We were greeted by our wonderful guides Keola and Holly. We started venturing off on the private roads owned by Kamehameha Schools, Bishop Estate. We had excellent views of the agricultural land, the coastline of Haleiwa, the mountain ranges of both the Ko'olaus and Waianae! We had learned so much Hawaiian historical facts, such as endemic versus native species of plants and animals, special trees and plants such as the Koa tree, ohia lehua, and the strawberry guava tree. Keola and Holly are excellent guides! The one thing that I highly valued is that you can ask them anything! They will tell you if they know about it, and if they don't they will either call you or email me and give you the answer! Many other tour guides on other hikes, tend to come up with excuses, or falsified facts. But not Keola or Holly. We had great views of the swimming pools (water ponds), nice high clouds, and wonderful native plants. This is the best hiking tour that I have been on by far. I will definitely go out with north Shore Eco Tours again, for their Huakai Nui Hike! Mahalo Keola & Holly! more

----------RHO----

I learned a lot about the history of the North Shore on this tour and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Our guides Keola and Holly we...re knowledgeable in Hawaiian history and culture. They have exclusive access to this trail and I highly recommend going on this tour as you will not get the chance to see the North Shore like this with anyone else. It was a real treat for me. I appreciated that Keola asked for permission to enter the hiking trail in a traditional way.The hike itself was wonderful. We saw a lovely lehua blossom on the trail! The area is home to a number of rare native trees that I will leave to you to figure the name of. This hike is not for people who are out of shape. You will get a workout on the hike! If you appreciate learning about Hawaiian culture with legitimate information shared, the natural beauty of the North Shore, and to spend a day of your vacation in nature, this hike is for you. Way better than a luau! more

MeSoHappy

What an amazing outdoor experience! This hike is a must do if you'd like to get a better understanding of the hidden nature ...Hawaii has to offer. Our guides, Keola and Marcella, shared a wealth of knowledge and gave us an unforgettable and valuable tour of the forested region of Oahu. Some parts of the trail are strenuous, so be prepared with some good hiking shoes/boots and plenty of water. We also had the opportunity to taste the fruit the trail had to offer, simply delicious. I highly recommend trying this hike if you plan on visiting the North Shore. more

Kyle

Me and and my girlfriend both liked the young guides who picked us up at the North Shore Marketplace parking lot. It was just us t...wo so we felt very privilidged. The Hawaiian guide drove for about 20 min through many farms and got to know much abut them and who owned them, unfortunately much of the land were rented by Monsantos. Part of the drive was very bumpy but became much better when we got unto the military roads. The hike was not that hard mostly because the water wasn´t that high this time. It was partly slippery but our sneekers was enough to manage it. There were some very niice sceneries and crossig over the river and the mountain pool swim at the summit was very pleasent and just what we needed after a 2.5 hours hike. We got to use helmets but just for a very short time. The lunch was two wraps each and was more than enough for us. The hawaiian native guide told us much about the the hawaiian culture and the problems hawaiians have had keeping their language alive. We also got to know about much about the different plants and trees, and the tight bond to nature hawaiina have had, he also made a hawaiian chant to the forrest when we just started the hike which was very nice to hear. We would recommend this hike to all our friends. more

Dan and Denise

We met Keola Nui at the North Shore Market Place, he introduced himself and let us know we would be the only ones on the hike that... day. We could not have asked for a better guide. Nui was very knowledgeable about the land we were going to be hiking on, letting us know about the different farms along the road to the trail. He explained the history behind the current lay out of the farms. When we arrived at the trailhead, there was a light mist falling as Nui offered a prayer to the land in the native tongue to reassure it that we were there on peaceful terms. The trail itself was unbelievably beautiful. There were moments where we were complete enclosed in the jungle, then, it would open up to expose the sky and the mountain stream below. Again, Nui was very knowledgable about the flora and fauna, explaining the difference between the native and invasive plants. We encountered a few berries along the trail that we were able to sample, they tasted very much like raspberries. We hiked in for a couple of hours and ended up having lunch on some rocks in the middle of the stream, very cool!!! We then headed back, though there was much more to be seen, we were on a schedule and did not have the time to hike any further. When we had packed away our gear, Nui drove us the the Boy Scout Camp nearby to an absolutely incredible overlook...we did not want to leave!!! This is definitely a hike everyone should try, you'll learn so much about Oahu. Thank you Nui for a truly outstanding experience!!! more

webstersway

If your family is into the outdoors and adventure that is totally off the beat and path, book this tour. It is exclusive as the pa...rk is not accessible to the public. So you know, our family age ranges from 13 to 51. It was breathtaking- literally - not only from the views, but from the hiking. We hiked up the mountain trails crossing streams. Our guides, Nui and Holly we very knowledgeable not only with the history but the plants and trees of the land. The treat was to hike to a secluded pond and jump into the cool waters! Wow! A bit of advice, wear comfortable shoes and water shoes are a must! Crossing the streams can be a bit challenging, as are some areas during the hike. Definitely grab a walking stick. It is about a 6 mile hike, 3 up and 3 back. All was about 6 hours. Lunch is provided and we packed extra water. Nui and Holly were hands on assisting the entire hike. Awesome people! Mahalo! more

Stoner

I live here on the island and do a good amount of hiking. I thought this hike was pretty cool! Our guide, Nui, was extremely knowl...edgeable about the Hawaiian culture and plants in the area. The trail has TONS of strawberry guava and mountain apple trees along it. He pointed out plants that were native. He also pointed out the invasive plants, the problems they cause, and how or why they were brought here. It was very interesting! What made this hike special for me was is that we were hiing deep into the mountains where there aren't any houses or sign of urban development in view. This is quite rare for me. Most of the hikes I've done, known or less known, have some area that shows a city or buildings or concrete structures. Nui also stopped at a campsite to let us get some beautiful scenic pictures. This was my favorite part of the trip. The view of rows of ridges and the valley that we were hiking in was breathtaking. more

Ashley

Really fun riding the military truck and the hike was awesome. Little challenging for people who aren’t used to hiking. This hike ...is different because it is full of muds and slippery areas. Also you have to cross the 4 streams. Super fun but not recommended for families with kids. more

Totti

Our guide, Kai, was absolutely amazing! While we weren't able to make it to the swimming hole due to massive amounts of rain... making it unsafe at the water crossings, he took us on an additional hiking section where we got to see various parts of the trail. The lunch provided was hand-made and was delicious... wish I knew how to make those rolls! I would more than recommend this excursion with Kai... he gets more than 5 stars! more

Margo

The hike was one of the highlights of my trip. I loved the river crossings even though the river made all of my clothes really wet... and went up to my chest, since I am only 4'11". Keola taught us many Hawaiian words including freshwater, wai, saltwater, Kai, and Life, Keola. He was very knowledgable about the history of the island and the Kamehameha family. The best part was probably talking with our fellow hikers and the small lake where we ate lunch. We will definitely do one of the other tours as well. - Ken M. more

Ken

This hike was single-handedly only of the best moments of my entire trip/the best hike I have ever been on! The tour guide was kno...wledgeable and fun, which made the trip very exciting! more

AndiV

This was probably one of our more strenuous/lengthier hikes (water and proper footwear are highly recommended- it can get slippery... on the trail). It was a lot of fun. We did cross some streams which were a bit difficult for some. You will get sweaty, wet, and dirty. No bathrooms, of course, so be prepared. Great views. Tour guide was excellent, very passionate, helpful, and knowledgeable! Lunch was pretty good- everyone seemed to like it. Private mountain pool swim was enjoyed by most. more

Oahu88

Our guide was very knowledgeable about history of Hawaii and some of the plants and trees we came across on the hike. I enjoyed ta...sting the fruits we picked along the way. He also was very accommodating and kind since it was our first time to hike in the area. Though our guide did a great job, I expected more out of the hike. Yes, the hike was challenging in the sense that we walk along the edge and on rocky terrain;however it was not scenic and it felt like the hike was too short. The swimming hole was not a swimming hole to me. It look like a little creek and the water was not clear as I expected. I also expected to see a waterfall along the way, but didn't get to see any. I had more fun hiking on our own when we went to Maui, the road to Hana, because of the scenic view on top of the great work out we got from it. In short, not memorable and it was like something was missing. more

Eleanor

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