Welcome to Maunaloa


Ironically, this development is now all but closed: the hotel, the luxury beach campsite, the cinema and even the fast-food outlet are all shuttered.

Attractions are few, unless you're an urban planner doing research. However, there is one excellent reason to visit the quiet streets, one that will literally blow you away.


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$225 Tours & Sightseeing

Hakalau Bird Watching

Tours depart at 6:00 AM from pick up locations along the Kona/Kohala Coast. Departure times can vary. The Hakalau Birdwatching adventure travels mauka (inland) from the West coast of the island making our way towards the Saddle road area. Along the way your guide will introduce you to habitats past and present and you’ll learn how the island was formed and has changed since western contact. The old Saddle road area is home to many different birds including Pueo, Pheasants, and Francolins which are fun to spot as the tour winds its way up into the Saddle area between Maunaloa and Maunakea. Around 8:00 AM we arrive to the Maunakea recreation area that sits at the base of Maunakea and offers a beautiful view of Mauna Loa across the saddle area. After our rest stop, the tour continues on Saddle road until the Maunakea access road where you begin to climb before turning onto Keanakolu road. This is an almost 50 mile unimproved road that circles Maunakea at around 6000’ of elevation offering amazing views of the island's East side and volcanoes areas. After only 10 miles you will find yourself at the beautiful Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge. Once gear has been passed out and an introduction to Hakalau been completed you will begin your descent on foot into the refuge. As soon as you step out of the vehicle you will begin to hear a chorus of beautiful voices from our native birds who call Hakalau home. Although the walk is along a service road and not much more than a mile one way, it is downslope and somewhat uneven at times which requires participants to be comfortable with this kind of environment. The time spent in the refuge is usually around 5 hours and guests will carry their lunches in and picnic along the way enjoying the beautiful sounds of the birds while they eat. When our time in the refuge comes to an end the birding and fun doesn’t stop there. After some refreshments back at the vehicle, guests relax in comfort as they car-bird on the way home. An additional stop is made at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area on the way home to stretch, chat and have a rest stop before continuing back the Kona/Kohala Coast area.

$225 Tours & Sightseeing

Endangered Birds Of Hawaii

Tours depart at 6am from pickup locations along the Kona/Kohala Coast. Departure times can vary.The Endangered Birds of Hawaii adventure travels mauka (inland) from the west coast of the island making our way towards the Saddle road area. Along the way, you will get to learn about the amazing variety of habitats, past and present, found on Hawaii Island. Learn how the island was formed and has changed since western contact.The tour takes us along the old “Saddle road” area, home to many different birds including Pueo, Pheasants, and Francolins which are fun to spot as the tour winds its way up into the Saddle area between Maunaloa and Maunakea. Around 8:00 AM to the Pu’u La’au area at just over 7000’ in elevation is on the lower slopes of Maunakea and offers a beautiful view of Maunaloa across the saddle area.After a briefing, we begin exploring the area looking and listening for Palila. Consider by many to be a jewel of the Hawaiian bird population and its dwindling numbers make it a must-see bird while visiting the island.After spending time with the birds and plants here, we make our way to the Pu’u O’o area on the lower slopes of Maunaloa where we begin a 1-mile hike to a kipuka (a native forest oasis) to visit with more of our native species. As we meander through the beautiful native Koa and Ohia trees, we use our senses to capture views of ‘Akiapola’au, another of Hawaii’s endangered and interestingly adapted birds. This region also allows us views of the ‘Io, our native hawk, and other more common and endemic birds including I’iwi and ‘Apapane.Lunch is usually served in the kipuka so guests can enjoy the sounds of our native forests while taking their mid-day break.When our day of exploration comes to an end we begin our hike back to the vehicle. After some refreshments, guests relax in comfort as they car-bird on the way home.An additional stop is made at the Mauna Kea Recreation Area on the way home to stretch, chat and have a rest stop before continuing back the Kona/Kohala Coast area.*Guests must be able to hike at least a couple of miles round trip over level to undulating ground.

$225 Sightseeing Tickets & Passes

Volcano Unveiled Tour in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

This is the Big Island's most “in-depth” volcano experience. Join our National Park Certified Guides on a full-day adventure that will take you on a journey of our dramatic volcano activity from past to present. The day begins with a scenic drive over the stark and beautiful Saddle Road. Make a quick stop at the Maunakea Recreation Area for snacks, bathroom, stretch and to set the stage for the day as you overlook mesmerizing views of Maunakea and Maunaloa. From there we head straight to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This park has been closed to the public from May 2018 to September 2018 due to recent volcanic activity. The park has now reopened with newly formed hardened lava and changed landscape. Your guide will prepare you for the day's hike with a bite to eat, hiking gear, and background information on the 2-3 mile hike. Given the ever-changing environment of this active volcano, our guides will select the route that best suites the group's interests & abilities. See the transformative stages of Kilauea and the power of Pele on the most unique and fulfilling volcano experience. Enjoy lunch after a nice hike in a scenic area of the park. The next stop is a treat -- enjoyed only by Hawaii Forest and Trail guests! Your guide will take you traversing into the gorgeous Kauhi Cavern. This exclusive access into this private lava tube is known for its rare yellow and gold microbial mats living on and accenting the cave walls. This cave has many unique features including its expansive rooms, 35 foot ceilings, bright golden walls and an “upside down” forest of roots hanging from the cave ceiling. Explore this underground world of volcanic history as your guide paints a picture of volcano past and present. Finally, enjoy an afternoon "pau hana" (end of day ritual) that includes appetizers sourced with local products grown from the very farm that surround this spectacular cave. Your guide will then take you back to your hotel, with a new found perspective on the powerful forces that shape our earth.

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