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Kona Cloud Forest

Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - Nature Sanctuary in Kailua-Kona Hawaii
Opening at 9:00 AM
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Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours
We are rated at the #1 Tour by TripAdvisor on the Island of Hawaii. Tours begin once a day at 9:00 AM Aleutian Time.
Price: $95.00 per adult - Children with adults under 12 years of age no charge.
This is a 3 hour tour through the only cloud forest in th...

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Dinosaur On Our Tour!!! Of course, when I said there were no raptors or T-Rex's in the forest look who shows up! :) My very funny guests sent this to me after the tour... :)
All tours are by phone appointment. Call today!
Kelly Dunn
#KonaCloudForest #PaintedTreesHawaii #Raptors

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2021 - March 18th -
We Are Now Open For Tours!
All Tours Are By Phone Appointment (808) 640-3888
We follow the Covid Guidelines by the State of Hawaii.
We try to accomodate same-day tour requests but it's best to call be 7:00 AM Aleutian Time for availablity.
See you soon!
Kelly Dunn...

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2021 - March - Island of Hawaii 3 Options For Visitors:
1. 10 Day Quarantine
2. 72 Hour Pre Flight Testing
3. Testing Upon Arrival
Note: You can apply for an exception to the quarentine, the link is on the website.
We will keep posting updates as they become available.
Hopefully we'll open for ...

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2021 - February 13th - We are still closed due to the pandemic. We will post updates when they arrive. We are thinking of reopening 4th Quarter of 2021. Again, please call ahead for upsdates and reopening status. Call (808) 640-3888 for more information. Mahalo, Kona Cloud Forest #KonaCloudForest...

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Feather Duster (Justicia) - A regal and royal bloom that blooms two or three times each year at the Kona Cloud Forest. Justicia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae. It is the largest genus within the family, encompassing around 700 species with hundreds more as yet unresolved...

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Anthuriums - Exotic Flowering Plants!
Anthurium is a genus of herbs often growing as epiphytes on other plants. Some are terrestrial. The leaves are often clustered and are variable in shape. The inflorescence bears small flowers which are perfect, containing male and female structures. The flowe...

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2020 Travellers' Choice - Tripadvisor - This marks the 3rd year we have won this prestigious award. I thank everyone that has made our detination here on the Island of Hawaii #1 out of 99 Things To Do!
What is Travelers’ Choice? Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attr...

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5 days ago
Amazing tour of a beautiful piece of the big island. Highly recommend!!!! Tour guide was fantastic too!!!
- Erica L
2 weeks ago
Awesome on many levels!!! On my second tour, the first one in 2018, Kelly Dunn took us adults this time on a more challenging trail than the first when we had several preschoolers. He is equally entertaining to all ages. Kelly’s enthusiasm and optimism for the preservation of the planet is contagious. Kelly’s humor and stories illuminate Hawaii’s history. I came to be visually stimulated to paint the misty past of plants surviving many times longer than we have inhabited the world. Awakes in me the desire to question how I thought about nature.
- Donald W
2 weeks ago
Kelly is the most extraordinary guide — as someone who is constantly on their phone and has a short attention span, I felt as though I wandered the cloud forest for hours totally in the present. The biodiversity you will see is like nothing else and Kelly’s knowledge runs deep. Kelly shows you so many different plants and artifacts of nature, and his stories and facts give you an even deeper appreciation. This tour is something you must do. You will not regret it!
- Genevieve L

Only Cloud Forest In The United States!

(Tour hours, pricing and reservations listed further down on the page) 

What Is A Cloud Forest? A cloud forest is generally tropical or subtropical, evergreen, montane, moist forest characterized by a persistent, frequent or seasonal low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. Cloud forests often exhibit an abundance of mosses covering the ground and vegetation, in which case they are also referred to as mossy forests. Mossy forests usually develop on mountains where moisture introduced by settling clouds. A cloud forest are also known as; water forest, primas forest, or tropical montane cloud forest. Only 1% of the global woodland consists of cloud forests. They previously comprised an estimated 11% of all tropical forests in the 1970s. A total of around 736 cloud forest sites have been identified in 59 countries by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, with 327 of them legally protected areas as of 2002. Important areas of cloud forest are in Central and South America (mainly Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador, and Colombia), East and Central Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and in the Caribbean. Because of their delicate dependency on local climates, cloud forests will be strongly affected by global climate change. Results show that the extent of environmentally suitable areas for cloud forest in Mexico will sharply decline in the next 70 years. A number of climate models suggest low-altitude cloudiness will be reduced, which means the optimum climate for many cloud forest habitats will increase in altitude. Linked to the reduction of cloud moisture immersion and increasing temperature, the hydrological cycle will change, so the system will dry out. This would lead to the wilting and the death of epiphytes, which rely on high humidity. Frogs and lizards are expected to suffer from increased drought. Calculations suggest the loss of cloud forest in Mexico would lead to extinction of up to 37 vertebrates specific to that region. In addition, climate changes can result in a higher number of hurricanes, which may increase damage to tropical montane cloud forests. All in all, the results of climate change will be a loss in biodiversity, altitude shifts in species ranges and community reshuffling, and, in some areas, complete loss of cloud forests. 
Kona Cloud Forest - Three Hour Guided Walking Tours 
$95.00 for Island Guests. We offer Island Residents, Military and Students special rates. All Tours Are By Phone Appointment Only - Call (808) 640-3888 to reserve your tour! 
If we do not answer the phone please leave your name, number of people in your group and potential date(s) you wish to have a tour. Most tours begin at 9 AM. If we do no answer we are on tours and/or working in the cloud forest. 
IF you do not hear back from us PLEASE call back or email us at
We are on a mountain and we do not always get great reception or proper connections. A representative will get back to you as soon as possible.

Google Rated 5 out of 5 stars
TripAdvisor - Certificate of Excellence
TripAdvisor rates us the #1 Attraction, Nature, Parks and Things To Do In Kona! 

We are located 20 minutes from downtown Kona and 9.2 miles from the Kona International Airport.

NOTE: We cannot allow free-walking as we are a private sanctuary.
Tours presented by Painted Trees of Hawaii 509 (2)(A) Educational Non Profit in partnership with the Bezona Family Trust.

All charitable contributions are 100% Tax Deductible. After the tour we will email you a letter for your accounting records.

73-1865 Hao Street #3
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 640-3888


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73-1865 Hao Street #3
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
United States

Business Hours

Mon:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Tue:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Wed:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Thu:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Fri:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Sun:9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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