Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with your native guide, Warren
Costa. Warren is a native Hawaiian, born and raised in Hilo, with
a background as a naturalist and also in Archeology. He has worked
as a ranger on Mauna Kea, taught in the Hawaiian school system
and is a Native Cultural Practitioner. Warren also has trained
professionally as a lava guide and has many years of experience
working on and around active lava flows. He is fully qualified
to recognize the hazardous conditions that are present, guide
you safely, and help you to understand and appreciate the unique
characteristics of active lava flows.
will take you
on an exciting hiking adventure in the Park where you will discover
the ruins of ancient Hawaiian villages, explore wild lava tubes,
and learn about the Park’s natural history, geology, and ancient
legends from a native Hawaiian perspective. Conditions permitting,
you will hike out for an unforgettable trip to see the red lava
from Pu'u O'o flowing down the pali and onto the coastal flats.
Sometimes when lava is flowing into the ocean, you will be able
to see newly formed black sand beaches and spectacular displays
of the explosive interaction between lava and sea.
Puna is one of the most dynamic and spiritually uplifting areas
on the Big Island of Hawaii. From verdant Ohi’a forests
and thermally heated ponds, to crystal clear tide pools brimming
with stunningly beautiful coral and brightly colored native fishes,
Puna has something for everyone. Warren will treat you to a day
long exploration of the Puna coast and help you to discover its
||Explore the newly
formed Kaimu black sand beach and hear the story of the recent lava
flow that covered the Kalapana Village. Cruise the “Red Road”
and soak in some of the most beautiful and relaxing scenery the
island has to offer. Bring your swim suits, because you’ll
be stopping along the way to snorkel and swim in thermally heated
ponds and gorgeous tide pools. Warren will bring a few body boards
and extra fins so you can catch some waves – surf permitting.
Get on board the Hamakua Express
for a fun day of exploring and sightseeing along the historic
Hamakua Coast! Spectacular sea cliffs, tropical valleys, and grand
waterfalls abound. The Hamakua Coast is a must see for all! Warren
will treat you to a day long exploration of this awe inspiring
Your day begins with a visit
to a cool, dark lava tube. This is a great time to start asking
all of those questions about the geology of Hawaii you’ve
been saving up. Next, we’re off to check out some of most
famous, and picturesque of Hawaii Island’s waterfalls.
||Sit back and soak
in the scenery along the way, as Warren tells you about the, “Plantation
Days”, when the sugar industry dominated Hawaii’s economy.
Travel through old Plantation towns along the old Mamalahoa Highway.
Make a stop at the Laupahoehoe Train Museum. On this tour we head
all the way to the, “Valley of Kings”; Waipio Valley,
before heading back to Hilo.
Rich in History, geology, and fantastic scenery, this Adventure
has something for everyone!
The district of Hilo offers
some of the best bird watching opportunities on the Big Island
of Hawaii. From native waterbirds of the wetlands to unique endemic
forest species, this is a great way to see and hear the birds
of Hawaii. Explore an ancient kipuka, (area of older forest surrounded
by a younger lava flow), alive with the sounds of native honeycreepers,
visit a lava tube, gaze at beautiful waterfalls, and learn about
the dynamics of Hawaiian volcanism.
Photo: Jack Jeffrey
Photo: Jack Jeffrey
|Rich in science,
history, and local lore. Whether you are a serious birder, or just
looking for a great way to spend the day, this adventure will surely
be the highlight of your Hawaii vacation!
with you was amazing! We had so much fun...each place that you took us
to was beautiful and special.
This is the tour that everyone should do. I wish that we could go on more
and see other places with you!"
Betsy, Marty, Tom, and Pat - Newport, RI & Detroit