Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary
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Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary information
Above 3000ft on the slopes of Mt Hualalai, the Kaloko Mauka subdivision is the home of this spectacular 70-acre sanctuary. It's not just any forest – a cloud forest is a moist woodland where mist and fog are constants. The sanctuary is a lush haven for native plants and birds, and thanks to a consistent carpet of ropy gray-green fog, it always feels as mysterious as it is beautiful.
It also contains demonstration gardens of non-native species, including more than 100 varieties of bamboo, which local experts study for their viability for use. Sustainable-agriculture types and horticulturists won’t want to miss a visit to this well-kept Kona secret most locals don’t even know about.
Hawaiian Walkways leads a daily morning tour to the sanctuary, including a stop at adjacent Mountain Thunder Coffee.