Historic Kona & Farm Tour


Historic Kona & Farm Tour
6-7 Hours

Adult: $139
Child (12 and under): $129
Adult (Waikoloa/Kohala Pick up) $159
Child (Waikoloa/Kohala Pick up. 12 and under): $149

Suitable for cruise ship guests from Kona


Delve into the fascinating history and vibrant culture of the Big Island of Hawaii. Tour ancient Hawaiian sites along the coast, visit early churches and a royal palace, and make stops at a honey farm and coffee orchard to taste some of the island’s locally made treats.

Your tour begins at Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, where abundant sea life attracted settlements for centuries. Learn about the amazing handmade fishponds and seawalls along the beach, and walk along a trail to sacred temples and petroglyphs. You might even spot a sea turtle or monk seal on the salt and pepper sands.

Drive through downtown Kona, passing by the former royal vacation home at Hulihee Palace and Mokuaikaua Church, the oldest Christian church in the Hawaiian Islands. Ride along the rugged volcanic coastline to Big Island Bees, which has been producing organic honey since 1972. After a presentation from a beekeeper, get a close-up look at a hive and sample some of their sweet island nectar.

Hear about Captain James Cook’s arrival at Kealakekua Bay and enjoy a fresh picnic lunch at the lookout. Then set out for a narrated walking tour at Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park to learn how Hawaiians who had broken an ancient kapu (law) could flee to this seaside location to be absolved by a priest.

Finally, make your way to a Kona coffee farm. Walk through the orchards and learn about the harvesting and milling process, and sample a warm cup of Kona-grown java before head back for the day.

About:

  • Visit ancient royal grounds at the sacred site of Pu’uhonua o Honaunua National Historical Park
  • Take a guided nature walk through Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park to see ancient fishponds and seawalls 

Pick up location and Time:

Tour departs daily. We pick up from all resorts and hotels in Keahou, Kona, Waikoloa, and Kohala area between 7 am to 8 am. Actual pick up time vary depending on location. Tour duration is around 7 hours. Inquire for pick up from cruise ship ports.

What to bring and wear
Wear comfortable summer clothing. Covered walking shoes are recommended

Group Size: Tours are limited to a maximum of 13 guests per vehicle

Tour difficulty: Easy hiking over short distance. Ages 5 and older are recommended.

Included in the tour: Bento lunch consists of teriyaki chicken, fish, vegetables, and steamed rice with assorted juices, snacks and bottled water. In addition, all park entrance fees, sunscreen, and rain gear.

How much hiking do we do?
A: We will have couple easy hikes over short distance in this tour. Total hike distance is about a mile.

Will we get to taste Kona Coffee and honey?
A: Yes, there will be free sample tasting at the Kona coffee farm and Big Island Bees

Can cruise ship visitors go on this tour?
A: Yes, we can pick up from Kailua-Kona pier and return by 3 pm.

 

Cancellation Policy: Minimum 24 hours notice for groups of 1-5, 48 hours notice for groups of 6 or more, and 72 hour notice for private groups to receive a full refund

Honey tasting & beekeeper-led talk at Big Island Bees and sip coffee on a tour of a coffee plantation

 

carole b
San Francisco, California

Reviewed January 9, 2019

Great Orientation Tour

My sister & I (both in our 70’s) joined the Historic Kona Coffee Plantation Tour the day after New Year’s Day. We were picked up at Mauna Lani resort in Kohala and had our guide (Kahikina Ching ... he’s super!) all to ourselves during the drive over to Kona to pick up other guests. He shared info & insights and patiently answered the many questions we asked. We had a great tour, saw sea turtles and black crabs on the beach, visited the City of Refuge, Cap’n Cook Monument, the Painted Church and, of course, a coffee operation (mostly tasting + gift shop, but also a lava tube!) and an apiary for a honey-tasting. Doing this tour early in your visit will acquaint you with what’s available and help you structure the rest of your visit. Our tour ... pick-up to drop-off ... was a total of 7 hours, in a comfy van with water and snacks. The homemade bento box lunch (which we ate at beachside picnic tables) was warm and tasty. Opportunity to purchase souvenirs along the way. Worth your money!!!!