Discover one of Hawaiian royalties' favorite places, and what has been described as the most "authentic of Hawaiian towns."
This relaxing ½ day tour is for the traveler who just wants a sampling of what historic Hilo Town has to offer. Hear the tales of Hawaiian folklore and history as we visit sites such as Rainbow Falls where, legend has it, the mother of the demigod Maui resides, the prophetic Naha stone, and the famous statue of "King Kamehameha the Great. "
Lucky are visitors who tour on Wednesdays and Saturdays, for they are able to saunter through the renowned Hilo Farmers' Market, a crush of fresh fruits and veggies, wares, and specialty items- perfect for nibbles, and eliminating your "gift list. "
Onward to the Old Mamalahoa Highway- "Old Hawaii" at its finest, as it twists through "jungle tunnels. " Peer over the cliff's edge at Onomea Bay. From there we head to the amazing Akaka Falls, and stroll along a ½ mile loop through the lush tropical rainforest to reach the falls, which cascades 442 feet into the gorge below.
We end our tour at the peaceful and lovely Lili'oukalani Park, to share parting Aloha.
King Kamehameha Statue
Rainbow Falls- home to demi-god Maui's Mom
Naha Stone- where young Kamehameha sealed his fate
Old Mamalahoa Scenic Byway- 4 mile "Jungle tunnel" of one-lane bridges & waterfalls
Onomea Bay overlook
Akaka Falls- 442 foot waterfall, one of the tallest in the state. Note: Here, there are 3 options: partial view of the falls from the entrance, (no stairs), a 300 foot short-cut directly to the falls, or the favored route of sauntering along a ½ mile loop through the jungle. (Both walks are paved but have stairs. )
Queen Liliu'okalani Park- the largest Japanese park outside of Japan, and Banyon Drive.
Free Hilo Farmer's Market (on Wednesdays and Saturdays only)
Hawaii Botanical Garden- (Must allow 1- 1 ½ hours. ($20 admission fee not included in tour)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will meet you at your Hilo area (includes Puna District) accommodations or a place of your choosing. For cruise ship passengers, I will meet you outside the Port's security gate at the end of the green fence. I typically will be holding a 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 outside the Port's security gate.
Duration: 4 hours 30 min.
This tour is 4-5 hours in length. Sometimes weather and traffic may be a factor in tour duration but I will be alert to such circumstances and arrange time accordingly.
Transportation is provided in a very comfortable, clean, well-maintained, air-conditioned 2000 Honda Odyssey Passenger van. I have seatbelts for up to six guests but it is most comfortable for 5 adults.
All transportation, park fees, snacks & beverages, ponchos & umbrellas (if needed), your own photo folder in the "Cloud," jokes, stories, and a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide.
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.