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At Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park, visit sacred Hawaiian temples and petroglyphs

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A scenic road takes you to the beautiful Kealakekua Bay

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You may see local wildlife such as sea turtles at Honokahau beach!

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View an open beehive demonstration and you may get a chance to see the queen bee!

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Your adventure begins at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park

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Enjoy free sampling of delicious, raw, single-floral, organic honeys!

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At the bee museum, learn about the history of beekeeping and honey production

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Complete you tour at the world famous Kona Coffee farm

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View the thriving coffee orchards and learn about the harvesting process

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Historic Kona Tour is a wonderful way to learn and experience the history and cultures of the Big Island of Hawaii. The half-day tour begins at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park.   The guide will lead you on a short hike through the park’s trail to the sacred Hawaiian temples and ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs. At the end of the trail, Honokahau beach is the resting ground of local wild life including sea turtles, native birds, and maybe even a Hawaiian monk seal!

Next, you will be driven through Downtown Kona where you will see many historic landmarks such as Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church. As the tour continues to South Kona there will be moderate elevation gain which also unveils the beautiful and majestic coastline of the Big Island.

A scenic road takes you to Kealakekua Bay, and then to your next stop, Big Island Bees.  This farm produces raw and organic honey on the Big Island since 1972!  Join the beekeeper for a fun and educational exploration of bees, beekeeping, and honey.  You can view an open beehive demonstration from behind a safe and screened viewing area.  You may get a chance to see the queen bee!  At the bee museum, view tools, pictures, and displays to learn about the history of beekeeping and honey production. While you explore the museum, enjoy free sampling of delicious, raw, single-floral, organic honeys!

The next stop is to view pristine Kealakekua Bay, which is the site where the first westerner Captain James Cook landed on Hawaii Island. The next attraction is Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and the guide will take you on a fully narrated walking tour and explore the ancient royal grounds and place of refuge.

Complete your tour with the world famous Kona Coffee farm, and see the thriving coffee orchards and learn about the harvesting process from local coffee farmers. Check out the coffee mills and see how the beans are processed. You will get to sip a freshly brewed cup for yourself with the rich aroma and flavorful taste that makes 100% Kona coffee so highly valued. End your Big Island adventure with a delicious lunch at the coffee farm before heading home for the day!

General Information
Schedule: Tour departs Wednesday and Friday.

Pick Up & Drop Off: We pick up from all west coast resorts and hotels between 7-8 AM and return by 2-3 PM. Rate is $20 higher for guests staying in Waikoloa / Hapuna area.

Tour includes: Gourmet lunch (grilled fish, teriyaki chicken, steamed white rice, edamame, beverages and snacks). Umbrellas and jackets available also.

Group Size: Tour limited to a maximum of 12 people

Tour Vehicle: Mercedes Sprinter Van or Minivan

Tour Difficulty: Easy hiking over short distances, all ages welcome.

What to Bring & Wear: Wear light, comfortable clothing as temperatures stay pretty warm on this tour. Sun protective attire recommended. Covered walking shoes are required.

Cancellation Policy: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund.

the city of refuge
A historic glimpse into ancient Hawaii
visit a Kona coffee farm
Visit a Kona coffee farm

CHistoric Kona Tourruise Ship Passengers

The Historic Kona Tour is available for Pride of America passengers when you’re in port on Wednesday in Kona.

 

Activity Tips

Kevin Ditamore – Owner / Manager

This tour is a great option if you want to see some highlights of the Big Island, but not necessarily travel all the way around the island. This 7-hour tour focuses on the Kona (west) side  which is rich in fascinating Hawaiian history. You will see some Hawaiian fish ponds and learn how early Hawaiians were some of the first aquaculturists who practiced advanced fish husbandry techniques that provided a sustainable fishing resource. You will see the historic spot where Captain Cook first landed on the Big Island and hear his dramatic tale. You will also see the sacred site of Pu’uhonua O Hōnaunau – a place of refuge, and learn about its significance.

Your visit to Kona is not complete without enjoying some locally grown treats! You will visit Big Island Bees which has been producing organic honey since 1972. After a presentation from a beekeeper, get a close-up look at a hive and sample some of their sweet island nectar. Your tour also includes a walk through of a Kona coffee plantation where you will learn about the growing and harvesting process. Here you will also get to sample some of the delicious Kona coffee brewed from the beans grown there.

A Bento lunch is provided on your tour. It includes teriyaki chicken, fish, veggies and steamed rice along with assorted juices and bottled water. You will also be provided with sunscreen and rain gear if needed, but you are welcome to bring your own. All park entrance fees are included in the cost of your tour.

Kona is the dry “leeward” side of the island, so you can expect warm temperatures. Wear comfortable summer clothing and covered walking shoes that get good traction. Hiking is considered easy on this tour. We would recommend it for ages 5 and up.

The maximum number of people on this tour is 13 for a more personalized experience. The guides are fun and knowledgeable and help you to get the most out of your visit to the Big Island