Jungle, Vistas, & Waterfalls- Magical Hāmākua Coast


Tour Number

Activity Level



Shore Excursion, Local Experience, First Time Visitor, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: No. Because this is a road-based tour, it is more suitable for adults, but may be suitable for inquisitive and engaged teens.

Friendly: No.
You must be able to get in and out of passenger van with provided step stool.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate wheelchairs.

Maximum travelers: 5



English (fluent)

Travel back in time to experience a bit of "Old Hawaii."

The east side of the Big Island is filled with local history and tropical foliage- this tour has plenty of both!

We begin in Hilo. From the statue of King Kamehameha to Rainbow Falls, this region is rich with historic events & fascinating folklore.

Then, onto "Old Hawaii, " a picturesque scenic route winding through rainforests, creeping over one-lane bridges across secluded streams & gentle falls. Peer over the cliff's edge at Onomea Bay.

Next, stroll ½ mile to the impressive Akaka Falls, plummeting 442' into the gorge below.

Continuing on old back roads, we stop at a serene creek-side park for a delicious, locally-made picnic lunch. From there, Laupahoehoe Point- historically significant & a great place to look for whales!

Up the coast, past Honoka'a is one of Hawaii's most sacred sites, Waipi'o Valley. This stunning "Valley of the Kings" was once the capital of early Hawaiians & a thriving community of thousands.

Then back to Hilo to end the day at the tranquil & lovely Queen Lili'uokalani Park.


King Kamehameha Statue

Rainbow Falls- Home to demi-god Maui's Mom

Naha Stone- young Kamehameha sealed his fate here

Old Mamalahoa Scenic Byway- 4 mile "jungle tunnel", one-lane bridges, waterfalls

Onomea Bay overlook- one of the old historic ports destroyed by earthquakes, now a tropical paradise

Akaka Falls- to see this magnificent 442' cascade, we take a ½ mile loop through the jungle, or a short-cut of about 300' directly to the falls. Both are paved but have stairs, (or there is a partial view from the park entrance. )

More "Old Hawaii" back roads

Fresh picnic lunch in a quiet local park

Historic Laupahoehoe Point

Honaka'a Town

Waipi'o Valley overlook- the Hawaiian "Valley of Kings"

Back to Hilo

End of day Aloha at Queen Liliu'okalani Park

Drop off at location of your choice

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at a place of your choosing in the Hilo area, (including the Puna District). For cruise ship passengers, I will meet you outside the Port's receiving building. Look for me smiling and waving my black, Jolly Roger (pirate) flag.

End location: I will drop you at your Hilo area (includes Puna District) accommodations or a place of your choosing. For cruise ship passengers, I will drop you off at the Port.

Duration: 7 hours

Sometimes weather and traffic may be a factor in tour duration but I will be alert to such circumstances and arrange time accordingly.


You will be escorted in a very comfortable, clean, well-maintained, air-conditioned 2000 Honda Odyssey Passenger van. Please note that although we list the maximum passengers as 5, there are seatbelts for 6. (A "co-pilot" seat, 2 captain's chairs, and a back, bench-style seat, which holds 3, but is more comfortable with 2.)

What’s Included

All transportation, park fees, a delicious locally made lunch, light snacks & beverages, ponchos & umbrellas (if needed), your own photo folder in the "Cloud", stories, jokes, and a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide.

What’s Extra

The price of this tour does not include the purchase of items of a personal nature such as: souvenirs, "adult" beverages, any fruits or veggies purchased at the local market, etc.

A Recent Review of this tour

Excellent and fun tour. DeWaine changed the itinerary to meet our interests. It was a very scenic trip driving and DeWaine provided interesting stories about the Big Island and Hawaiian culture along the way. We made a lot of stops along the way to hike through lava tubes, see waterfalls and other interesting places. Communication with DeWaine to coordinate the trip was thorough and prompt. He also provided some recommendations on things to do.
Anne F.

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