On the drive up Akoni Pule Highway in Kapaʻau, you'll notice a statue of the King himself. This was the original statue commissioned in the late 1800s, cast in France, and shipped to Hawaiʻi. Except the boat caught on fire on the way over. For about two years the statue was at the bottom of the ocean until it was recovered, recast, and installed in Kamehamehaʻs hometown in 1883. A replacement statue had long been remade and shipped to Honolulu. Thomas Ridgeway Gould, an American living in Italy designed the bronze casting. Check out its Romanesque sandals: an homage to Classical Roman pieces? Or a cultural disconnect with a designer who just couldnʻt fathom the custom of a great King going barefoot?
Hawaii Forest & Trail | Your Guide to Big Adventure
Hawaii Forest & Trail started in 1993 with an emphasis on conservation and education. They’ve got island-wide partnerships to get guests into private lands and wildlife refuges. Specialized trips stretch across the geological, ecological, and cultural diversity of Hawaii. The Kohala Waterfalls Adventure takes you to private land exclusively available to Hawaii Forest & Trail guests. Meet up at their headquarters about 10 minutes from the hotel. The whole day will be under seven hours. Youʻll hike about a mile loop through an ancient Hawaiian kalo patch and alongside natural waterfalls. Make sure you brought your swimming suit, because you wonʻt want to miss a refreshing swim in the cool Hawaiian waters. They’ll supply all the gear: reusable water bottles, drinks, day packs, lunch, snacks, and walking sticks. Most importantly, they’ve got the keys to get you onto the private land.
(204 Reviews) Recommended by 98% of travelers
Wilderness adventure – Amazing tour guide. Fun experience. Great day with family. Fun hike, waterfalls awesome, learned a great deal of history.
Breathtaking Picnic View – Garry made this hike and waterfall tour worth the money. He was an excellent driver and narrator, wanting to make sure no question went unanswered. While the hike wasn’t very long, the waterfall swim was unique (and cold). The picnic lunch was perfect and the view was amazing and jaw dropping. Thank you Hawaii Forest and Trails for a fun adventure.
Bucket list experience! – This tour was really cool. The falls were beautiful, the little hike was fun, and the view from our lunch spot was breathtaking. What really made the tour stand out for me though was our tour guide, Mark. You could tell he was a born “people person”. He knew exactly what to say to everyone at exactly the right time. He took care of our safety, made us all feel included, and seemed to genuinely care that we were having a good time. He had this hunger for knowledge and a beautiful appreciation for life and for all that it offers, that was really contagious. I don’t think I’ve ever been so impacted by another human being in such a short amount of time. He taught me many things on this tour, about the island and about life, that I will never forget.
Nice Hike – Our guide, Mark, was GREAT, and the hike was nice, but the falls were a little disappointing. The best part of the tour was the magnificent overlook location where we had our lunch.