Welcome to Laupahoehoe

On April 1, 1946, tragedy hit the small plantation town when a 30ft-high tsunami wiped out the schoolhouse on the point, killing 20 children and four adults. After the tsunami the whole town moved uphill.

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$150 Shore Excursions

Kona Shore Excursion: Rainforest Waterfalls and Parker Ranch

Depart from Kailua Kona Pier at 9am for your 6-hour tour along the northern edge of the Big Island. Pass from the hot dry lands of Kona to the tropical lush green rainforest. Stop briefly at the Parker Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in the United States. Spreading approximately 150,000 acres of the island, Parker Ranch is also one of the country’s largest cattle ranches. Next to the Parker Ranch is Waimea, an old cowboy town with beautiful green rolling hills. Drive down Hawaii’s old highways and backroads to the town of Laupāhoehoe. Learn about the devastating tsunami in 1946 and how it affected the locals that lived there. Travel down into a deep gulch to Hakalau, once a thriving sugar plantation. The bay next to the sugar mill was once one of the busiest bays for transporting goods. View some of the Big Island’s beautiful waterfalls, including Akaka falls and Kahuna Falls as well as a few smaller falls. Ride down the coastal road for spectacular views of the ocean, a broken-down sea arch, and a river running through a lava tube. On the way back to the port, take the old WWII road that passes between two large volcanoes, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Spot local wildlife, including sheep, goats, and hawks. Drive through lush green nature, moonscape-like black lava fields, and Kona's hot dry desert. At the conclusion of your excursion, you will be returned to the port.

$187.50 Day Trips & Excursions

Big Island BIG Volcano Adventure from Kona: Small Group

Immerse yourself in the waterfalls and rainforests along the famous Hamakua Coast before exploring Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This tour is an awesome way to experience the Big Island's diverse scenery while expanding your knowledge of Hawaii in a small-group setting.After pickup from your hotel, embark on your journey to the lush rainforests that populate the east side of the island. Cruise along Highway 19 and pass though the town of Waimea, admiring vast cattle ranches that hold major significance in this part of the island's history. From Waimea, travel along the eastern flank of Mauna Kea volcano, commonly known as the famous Hamakua Coast. Thousands of years of erosion have carved deep valleys and steep cliffs into the side of the mountain, producing some of the island's most striking imagery. Stop at Laupahoehoe for an outstanding visual example of the Pacific Ocean's powerful ability to carve rugged pinnacles into the coastline.Continue along jungle roads to Akaka Falls, a stunning waterfall that plunges 442 feet (134 meters) into the Kolekole gulch below. Heading back from the falls, stop at Hilo Sharks in Honomu for some fresh local wraps. After lunch, head toward Hilo along some of the island's most scenic backroads. These roads wind along the Hamakua coast, through lush jungle gorges and past epic ocean vistas. Cap your tour with a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and the summit of the Kilauea volcano. Gaze into Kilauea's vast summit caldera, relatively young at 500 years in age. Travel the east rift zone of Kilauea along Chain of Craters road, passing pit craters, scorched earth, steaming ground, and lava flows old and new. Enjoy plenty of time to look around and learn about what's happening both above and below the ground.Buy dinner at Lava Rock Cafe in Volcano and reflect on the day while preparing for one of the tour's most memorable highlights. Head back to Kilauea's summit after the sun has set and witness the stunning glow from Kilauea's very active lava lake before a hassle-free ride back to your hotel.

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