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Kona Cloud Forest

Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - Nature Preserve in Kailua-Kona Hawaii
73-1865 Hao Street #3, Kailua-Kona, HIOpening at 9:00 AMOpen today until 4:30 PMOpening at 9:00 AM tomorrowSorry, we're closed
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Posted on Feb 4, 2019

Pekin Nightingale (Leiothrix lutea)
The Pekin's are about six inches in length, generally olive green, and has a yellow throat with orange shading on the breast. It also has a dull yellowish ring around the eye that extends to the beak. The edges of the wing feathers are brightly colored with ye...

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Posted on Jan 26, 2019

Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours
Rated one of the best hiking destinations on the Island of Hawai'i. A casual hike through a pikake-scented, prehistoric forest of exotic trees, flowers and plants. Soon you will be totally immersed in the story's and history as told through your tour guide, ...

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Posted on Jan 20, 2019

Art Gallery - Kona Cloud Forest - We are proud to announce our new Art Gallery here at the Kona Cloud Forest. Guests can view the artwork of photographer, Kelly Dunn. It's a great introduction to talk and learn about the beautiful Eucalyptus Deglupta trees and Nature. Tour guests will be given a ...

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Posted on Dec 23, 2018

Eucalyptus Deglupta (E. Deglupta) This is the only Eucalyptus tree that is native to the Northern Hemisphere. It grows naturally throughout the Philippines, New Britain, New Guinea, Ceram, Sulawesi and Mindanao. Around the world this tree is processed for making paper. The Polynesians also brough...

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Posted on Dec 19, 2018

Toona Red Cedar – (Toona Ciliata) This is one of Australia's few native deciduous. The timber is red in color, easy to work and very highly valued. It was used extensively for furniture, wood paneling and construction, including shipbuilding, and was referred to as "red gold" by Australian settle...

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Posted on Nov 21, 2018

THUNbergia MYsorensis - What a beautiful floral vine that weaves itself through the forest!
Thunbergia mysorensis is also called Trumpet Vine or Indian Clock Vine. It is a species of flowering plant in the family Acanthaceae. A woody-stemmed evergreen, this vine is cultivated in southern Spain ...

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Posted on Nov 6, 2018

Kelly Wilshire's Journey To The Kona Cloud Forest... Kelly told me her story after the tour. Kelly has always had a passion for the Eucalyptus Deglupta trees. She was doing research online looking for a place in Hawaii that had the painted trees. Kelly found our foundation and then began to plan ...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2018

Special Occasions & Tour Packages - Imagine having a combination intimate wedding or special occasion followed by a tour through the most exotic cloud forest in Hawai'i. We can accommodate small gatherings from two to twenty guests. This is a photo of the bride, Mitra, from her wedding day here i...

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Posted on Oct 7, 2018

Hawaiian Tulips - Two Lips One Love - (Spathodea campanulata) - This tree is also known as the African tuliptree, fountain tree, pichkari or Nandi flame. The tree grows between 7–25 m (23–82 ft) tall and is native to tropical dry forests of Africa. This This tree is planted extensively as an orn...

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Testimonials

a month ago
An amazing beautiful wild forest and a very interesting tour for adults and children alike. There are so little of cloud forests left that it feels like walking through a secluded miracle. Our guide Kelly was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting facts as well as amusing stories about the place. The kids were engaged through the entire walk. We also felt that he is very dedicated to our safety and will definitely come back next time we are in Hawaii. Aloha from San Diego.
- Alina M
a month ago
Wow! The Kona Cloud Forest Tour was an amazing experience! Our guide Kelly shared his wealth of knowledge about the forest’s many trees, plants, and flowers and their interconnectedness. My family truly felt this oneness while walking through this magical place! The Rainbow Eucalyptus and the Toona Red Cedar trees are absolutely beautiful! Spending the afternoon with Kelly was educational and so entertaining! His sense of humor and warm personality topped off this not-to-be missed Hawaiian adventure! I know we’ll be back on our next visit to the island!!
- Debbie P
a month ago
If you truly want to experience and understand the interconnectedness of all things, take in the guided walking tour with Kelly! You will come away with an appreciation of the nature around us, as well as a resolve to do what we can to preserve and protect what is around us, wherever that may be. The 'zen' feeling you leave with lingers long after the guided walk. Kelly, the knowledgeable and kind caretaker of this forest cloud enhanced the experience and made me feel grateful there are people like him (and Bonnie) in our midst. A must see on the Big Island of Hawaii!!
- Linda M

The Last Cloud Forest in Hawaii

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The Story...
Today our foundation headquarters are located in the beautiful Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary located in Kona, Hawaii. The sanctuary is home to the most exotic and unique trees from around the world. We offer guided tours through the most exotic array of trees from around the world. The project was begun by University of Hawaii professor, Norman Bezona. He is one the world's foremost experts on exotic trees and plants. Professor Bezona gives lectures and tours at the sanctuary. He travels the world giving lectures to Mr. Kelly Dunn began his Hawaiian adventure back in 1989. During his initial four week visit he fell in love with Hawaiian and the treasures it offered. Mr. Dunn was drawn to the multi-colored Eucalyptus Deglupta trees that appeared sporadically around the islands. He returned time and again to the Big Island of Hawaii, camera in hand, preserving in time the unique painted trees of Hawaii. The Eucalyptus deglupta trees, particular to the Aloha State, reveal a stunning palette, as they naturally shed their bark. No two trees share the same vibrant color pattern, and a stand of these island eucalyptus create a living rainbow.
While the iconic images will live forever, thanks to the creative eye of Mr. Dunn, a surprisingly deep appreciation of the beauty he witnessed transpired, calling upon Kelly to preserve the very trees themselves. Moved into action, Kelly has joined the promotion of the Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation.
In the past few decades, a good many of the trees have been cut down. For a variety of reason, property development among them, the ever-decreasing population of the painted trees has raised some concern. Mr. Dunn felt something needed to be done to increase awareness and preserve these beautiful symbols of mother nature’s grandeur, or risk losing them altogether. Enter the foundation.
An Eye and A Heart for Natural Beauty
The Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation was started as an effort to promote recognition and an appreciation of these natural beauties. Kelly Dunn plans a lecture tour, as well as a series of gallery shows of his collection of images, and many fundraisers. As the self-appointed steward of the painted trees of Hawaii, Kelly is leading the charge to increase the population of Painted Eucalyptus by setting aside an acre of his island property for the sole purpose of propagation of the species. 
Kelly’s personal property is located in the ideal environment for these seedlings to thrive. At the southern tip of the Hawaiian Islands, Kelly’s property will serve as a forest one day, as well as a nursery for tree seedlings which will be donated to landowners on the Big Island. Confident in the growing conditions and location of his property, Kelly Dunn is hopeful that other landowners will be encouraged to do likewise, and preserve the painted trees of Hawaii.
Our Shared Responsibility
For those who have experienced first-hand the natural beauty of the pink-sand beaches, hiked to Diamond Head, or simply sat in the stillness Pikake-scented breezes enchant, Hawaii is a part of your soul. These treasures, as well as the painted trees of Hawaii, are deeply rooted in the heritage of the islands. Like Kelly, you probably feel a sense of duty to preserve these treasures for millennia. 
For those who've yet to visit the Aloha state firsthand, you realize the intrinsic connection the painted trees of Hawaii have to every living thing. We are all stewards, called upon to safeguard the natural mosaic of our world, so that generations from now, our descendants will look back and say “well done”, as they, too, experience the beauty and wonder of nature at her finest. 
For, as noted conservationist, and founder of the Sierra Club once stated,
“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.”
What Can You Do?
In order that future generations may come to admire-and cherish-the impressive natural beauty of Hawaii’s painted eucalyptus, Kelly Dunn is encouraging others to get involved. The need to “get the word out” is great. Through education and continued proliferation of the seedlings, saving the painted trees of Hawaii is possible. 
For those who are interested in becoming involved, contact Kelly at PaintedTreesHawaii.org (877) 888-6111. If you would like to make a donation and plant a seedling in your name, there are details on the website. No act is too small, and your generosity will come back to you for generations to come. As Kelly Dunn reminds us, “The seeds we plant today will provide shade and beauty for many future generations.”.
Painted Trees of Hawaii is a registered with the IRS and the state of Hawaii. We are a tax exempt 509 (a)(2) foundation to help educate and create awareness to help save these beautiful trees. Our board of directors are active in the community to bring attention to these trees in Hawaii. The board of directors meetings are held on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month. 
Based on our efforts Google has granted us use of their entire collection of software. These tools give us the ability to reach out and stay connected within the organization and the community. 
Our organization began through the photography of Kelly Dunn. His prints of the eucalyptus trees in Hawaii garnered worldwide attention through magazine articles, news outlets and social media. Over the years Mr. Dunn began to see the trees slowly disappearing in Hawaii. It was at this point that his passion was ignited and began laying the ground work to save these trees.
Painted Trees of Hawaii was registered in Michigan then moved our headquarters to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2015.


Painted Trees of Hawaii is a registered with the IRS and the state of Hawaii. We are a tax exempt 509 (a)(2) is a foundation to help educate and create awareness to help save these beautiful trees.
We are classified as a 501(c)(3) charity classified as a public charity under Section 509 (a)(2).
Section 501(c)(3) is the section of the Tax Code that describes religious, scientific, literary, educational and other charitable organizations exempt from federal income tax. All charities are further subdivided, however, between public charities, which receive broad public support from gifts or fees, and private foundations, which receive almost all of their income (other than investment income) from a very narrow group of persons, such as a single individual, family or corporation. The Code provides more restrictions on the activities of private foundations than on public charities.
Every charity is deemed to be a private foundation unless it satisfies the IRS that it meets one of the definitions of a public charity under Section 509(a). Section 509 (a)(1) primarily includes churches, schools, hospitals, and other organizations that receive their public support primarily from gifts, grants and contributions from a broad group of people. Section 509 (a)(2) covers organizations that receive their support from a combination of gifts, grants and contributions and fees for their exempt services.
Our board of directors are active in the community to bring attention to these trees in Hawaii. The board of directors meetings are held on the second (2nd) Saturday of each month. 
Based on our efforts Google has granted us use of their entire collection of software. These software applications give us the ability to track our timelines, board meetings, online donations, reach out and stay connected within the organization and the community. 
Our organization began through the photography of Kelly Dunn. His prints of the eucalyptus trees garnered worldwide attention through magazines, articles and social media. Over the years Mr. Dunn began to see the trees slowly disappearing in Hawaii. It was at this point that his passion was ignited and began laying the ground work to save these trees.
Painted Trees of Hawaii was registered in the state of Michigan then we moved our headquarters to Kailua-Kona, Hawaii in 2015. As of July 1st, 2017 Painted Trees of Hawaii is located at 1865 Hao Street in Kailua-Kona Hawaii 96740. This is a privately-owned seventy acre nature preserve created by Professor Norman Bezona. Painted Trees of Hawaii now provides guided tours throughout the forest of the world's rarest trees to be found on Earth, The highlight of the tour are the beautiful The highlight of the guided tours are the Eucalyptus Deglupta trees located in the center of the forest. This tree is a favorite with the many visitors to the Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours. We are conducting and arranging guided walking tours through the Kona Cloud Forest - Rain or Shine Reserve Your Tour Today! (808) 640-3888 
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