Hawaii Forest & Trail - Endangered Native Habitats Adventure
Join Hawaii Forest and Trail Endangered Native Habitats for the most fascinating and study of two rare habitats: Hawaii’s rainforest and dryforest. What a contrast! The Hawaiian tropical rainforest consists of a moist broadleaf eco-region in the montane and windward lowland regions of the island. For millions of years, the Hawaiian Islands were not inhabited resulting in the evolution of a spectacular diversity of endemic species that includes moss, birds, fungi, snails, and other forest wildlife. In the fertile, wet forests in the upper part of the mountain you will find trees draped with moss, vines, and orchids. Buzz Hawaii will schedule Big Island Eco Tours so you and your family can learn about this most important ecosystem at discounted prices. Include Hawaii Dry Forest Adventure, Big Island Attractions, Big Island Tours, and Hawaii Tours with Buzz Hawaii and save.
The rarest ecosystem type in the world is Hawaii’s Dry Tropical Forests. The Dryforest was once believed to cover the entire lowland zone, but now is replaced by cattle ranches, pineapple plantations, cane fields, and tract homes. Needless to say dryforests are on the decline with less than 10% of the original dry forests remaining. Come with Hawaii Forest and Trail Rainforest to explore these two opposite environments all in one Big Island Eco Tour! Discover Hawaii Forest and Trail Endangered Native Habitats Adventure with Buzz Hawaii.com.
Explore Puu Laau as we trek the sub-alpine dryland forest located on the west side Mauna Kea, home of the Bryani sub-species of Elepaio and the endangered Palila. Discover the cloudforest habitat on the Puu Oo Trail on the northeastern slope of Mauna Loa as we search for the endangered I’iwi, Apapane, Akiapolaau, Omao, and other endemics. This Big Island Eco Tour will transport you to our two primary locations. We will travel north and enjoy the drive along the coast as we get closer to Old Mamalahoa Highway and Saddle Road. We will then begin watching for birds from the vehicle. This is a great time to get your camera ready to capture a photo of the open-country birds such as the Pueo, known as the short-eared owl, and game birds. If the weather permits we will stop for breakfast on Saddle Road., usually at the Mauna Kea State Park at Pohakuloa. Buzz Hawaii will pass big savings to you when reserving a Hawaii Forest and Trail Endangered Native Habitats Tour, Big Island Tours, or any Hawaii Tours. Go to Buzz Hawaii.com and find the best Hawaii Attractions for the best prices. Use the Hawaii Forest and Trail map for easy directions to guided tours and meeting place locations.
- Fascinating birdwatching adventure
- See two of opposing environments: a cloudmist rainforest and a sub-alpine dryforest
- Great photo opportunities
- Continental breakfast with baked goods, fresh local fruits, 100% Kona coffee, tea and hot chocolate
- Deli-style lunch with assorted soft drinks, juices and bottled water
- Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos
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- Where and When:
- Tour departs at 6:30 am and returns at approx. 4:00 pm.
Departs from Hawaii Forest & Trail Headquarters, 73-5593A Olowalu St., Kailua-Kona, HI 96740 View Map
- Participants must be at least 8 years old.
Participants must be able to hike on uneven or rocky terrain.
We sometimes encounter cool, wet, or muddy conditions.
This is a moderate to strenuous hike.
- Special Notes:
- Operation Days:
- 11-12 hours round-trip from Headquarters
- Hawaii Forest and Trail
- Big Island
- Walking sticks, binoculars, day packs, warm wear and rain ponchos are provided.