For your safety, wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes. Tennis shoes or hiking shoes work best. Kohala Zipline does not allow Croc-like shoes, water shoes like Teva, flip-flops, or sandals. We recommend shorts, capris, or long pants and sleeved shirts or tops. Tank tops are not recommended due to the harness you’ll be wearing. Please bring a light-weight long-sleeve shirt, a light sweatshirt, or jacket, since we are high up in a forest, where the weather can change quickly. If you have long hair, tie it in a pony tail, don’t wear loose or dangling jewelry, and secure your sunglasses with a strap. We’ll provide you with the harness, as well as a helmet, and gloves. We’ll also have drinking water and a light snack available halfway throughout the course.
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Kohala Zipline Canopy Tour
On the northwestern edge of The Big Island, the area of Kohala pulls no punches when it comes to promising an experience packed with thrills and fun. The Kohala Canopy Adventure combines many aspects of the region into one day full of unforgettable experiences that take you high above the island floor.
By the time you’re done with Kohala’s Canopy Adventure, you’ll have a clear understanding of the word “exhilaration” while having been put in tune with the adventurer deep within you. Over a series of different thrilling activities, you’ll enjoy expansive views of The Big Island’s beauty, heart-pounding thrill-rides, and an intuitive look at the wondrous nature that makes up the amazing facets of Hawaii’s main island.
Taking Over the Canopies
What awaits above the canopies of The Big Island’s thick forestry? You’ll be surprised to find that a whole world of fun and adventure can be had high above the ground, amidst the dense treetops of Hawaii’s rich, green jungle.
The Kohala Canopy Adventure is bursting with activities ideal for travelers of all ages. Your experience starts with a trek through a private nature preserve, which plays host to this sustainable aerial course. You’ll take an off-road 6-wheeler to the start of these experience, where you’ll anxiously await access to the high-flying course. In the meantime, you’ll get the chance to see the beauty of Hawaii up close. Various forms of plant life, bursting with color, lines this incredible nature reserve.
As beautiful as it all is, the thrills are in the air, and that’s where you’ll spend most of your time. A series of 6 sky bridges will take you throughout the canopies while a rappel serves as your access back down to the ground. From your vantage point, the awe of Kohala Coast is in full view, as is the Island of Maui in the midst of the Pacific.
Along with the sky bridges, you’ll also have access to 8 different zipline courses.
A Tree-to-Tree Zip
From one tree to the next, you’ll zip across Kohala’s canopies, zooming through a series of lines without having to climb down and back up a platform to the next course. As you speed along at up to 45 mph, you’ll be privy to unforgettable views of The Big Island, including remnants of Hawaii’s agriculture systems from long, long ago.
It’s difficult to not get lost in the expanse of beauty that fills your vision, and thanks to our extremely safe and modernized zipline system, you’ll be able to enjoy it without having to concern yourself with speed regulation or braking.
Know Before You Book
- Participants must be at least 8 years old.
- Weigh between 70 and 270 lbs. Participants will be weighed at check-in.
- Must be able to walk over uneven terrain and handle one short walk up about 25 stairs. This tour is not expectant mothers.
- Guests must wear closed-toed walking shoes. Pants, Capri's, or knee length shorts are recommended. No tank tops, short-shorts, or any clothing that may allow direct skin contact with the harness.
- Kohala Zipline, 55-515 Hawi Rd. Hawi, HI 96719
- Drive North on Highway 19 (Queen Kaahumanu Hwy) to Highway 270 (Akoni Pule Hwy)
- Turn left towards Kawaihae/Hawi. Continue north approximately 21 miles to the town of Hawi
- Turn right onto Hawi Road We are located in the historic yellow Kohala Sugar Co. building on the left.
Frequently Asked Questions
Kohala Zipline is a full-participation course and riders control their speed and orientation. Participants should be able to reach above their heads to apply friction to the cable. Riders must weigh at least 70 lbs and the recomended maximum is 270 lbs. We do weigh-ins prior to zipping.
This tour is not for guests with back or neck problems, expectant mothers, or those with an extreme fear of heights. Guests with the following conditions should consult their physician prior to zipping: heart disease or cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, insulin dependency, severe allergies, or any condition that could require immediate medical attention. Participants should be in relatively good health, with no existing or previous injuries that could be aggravated by moderate physical activity.
We’re in the trees most of the time. We do a short walk between lines 2 and 3 and a short climb up about 25 stairs between lines 5 and 6. The first one is less than 50 yards, the second is about 300 yards. At the end of the hike, we’ll have an opportunity to use the restroom, and enjoy a light snack and water.
Both hikes do have short ascents and descents. The first hike elevation loss is approxmately 40’, the second hike elevation gain is approximately 90’.
- Customers will receive a full refund with 24 hours notice of cancellation.
- Private tours: Customers will receive a full refund with 72 hours notice of cancellation.
- Cancellations within the cancellation period, “no-shows”, or any guest not meeting the zipline tour requirements will be charged the FULL AMOUNT of the tour.
I understand that anyone in my party who does not weigh between 70 and 270 Lbs will not be allowed to zip and will not be refunded.
Participants will be weighed at check-in. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult on tour. Participants must be at least 8 years old.
Everyone in the party must be able to walk over uneven terrain and handle one short walk up about 25 stairs. This adventure is not for pregnant people or anyone who has had recent injuries or surgeries.
Guests must wear closed-toe walking shoes.