Walk on, learn about, explore inside, and marvel at the life-cycles of Hawaiian volcanoes.
Hawaii's unique geological history is active and amazing!
We will walk on the 2014 lava flow that came within ¼ mile of Pahoa and see where it entombed part of the Transfer Station. Let stories guide your imagination to flow like the lava.
Next, we drive over steel plates on the highway, placed there to span over cracks generated by the June 2018 eruption, often steamy from volcanic exhaust.
To approach the youngest land in the country, we leave the main route and amble along a hidden, jungle road that delivers us to MacKenzie Park- spared, just barely, by the massive flows of the summer.
There, we take a short walk along the coast until we reach the 30' wall of hardened lava at the ocean entry, followed by a seaside picnic lunch.
We take the "Road less Traveled" back towards Hilo where we explore inside the lava tubes of Kaumana Caves, formed in the Mauna Loa eruption of 1881. Nearby, we visit Rainbow Falls, and the Boiling Pots.
Back in Hilo, we share our final alohas at the lovely Queen Lili Park.
Pick up at your Hilo area lodging, from Hilo Port, or if your party is coming from the Kona side, at a pre-determined rendezvous point
Drive directly to Pahoa Village to see the hardened lava flow from 2014
(While in Pahoa, we will pick up our fresh "to-go" sandwiches)
Scenic route to MacKenzie Park, strolling and lunch
Head back to Hilo. Explore Kaumana Lava Tubes (Close-toed shoes are required for deeper exploration of the caves. )
Visit Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots
End our day sharing aloha at the lovely Queen Lili Park.
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 inside the Port's receiving building, on the far side by the large garage-type door. Look for me smiling and waving my black, Jolly Roger (pirate) flag. If your party is coming from the Kona side, we can rendezvous at a pre-determined location.
End location: I will drop you off at your Hilo/ Puna District accommodations, or a place of your choosing. For cruise ship passengers, I will drop you just outside the Port's security gate.
Duration: 6 hours
Sometimes weather & 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.)
- Guiding Services
- Private Transportation
- Personal Expenses
- My tours are Hilo-based. If you are coming from the Kona side, my favorite spot to rendezvous is at the parking lot located at the east side of Saddle Road, but I'm open to suggestions.
- Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate passengers in wheelchairs.
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As it was my first venture to Big Island, I really had no idea what to do for a 1-day trip with my 3 other traveling companions. Well DeWaine solved that problem! Very accommodating with meeting location, great informative intro on the big island, and multiple locations that felt like a friend was taking us to the vital local spots. DeWaine is super nice and has a great sense of humor and I would definitely use him again. He knows his stuff. Mahalo, DeWaine! You da man!