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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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Did you know... that 83% of all cloud forests on Earth are not accessible through walking! There terrain is so steep and rocky that you would need to be flown in by a helicopter! Fortunately, you can reserve a tour at our Kona Cloud Forest here in Kona, Hawaii. A wonderful three hour tour through...

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TripAdvisor - 2019 Certificate of Excellence - Awarded to Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours -
This is the letter we received yesterday from TripAdvisor
"Dear Kelly Dunn,
We're pleased to announce that Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours has been recognized with a 2019 Certificate of Ex...

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The Kona Cloud Forest is one of thirty recognized cloud forests on Earth. We have supplied a complete list below to help plan your itinerary. If you are traveling to one of these areas on the planet be sure to visit. Traveling is the best education anyone could ever receive as it leads to awarene...

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Orchids - "Orchidaceae" are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colorful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family.
The Orchidaceae have about 28,000 currently accepted species, distributed in about 763 genera. The determination of which family ...

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Holly - (Ilex Aquifolium) Of 204 species growing in China, 149 species are endemic. A species which stands out for its economic importance in Spanish-speaking countries and in Brazil is Ilex paraguariensis or Yerba mate. Having evolved numerous species that are endemic to islands and small mounta...

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Powder Puffs - Calliandra is a genus of flowering plants in the pea family, Fabaceae, in the mimosoid clade of the subfamily Caesalpinioideae. It contains about 140 species that are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas.

The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, shrub...

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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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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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a month ago
We had no idea what a Cloud Forest was but after reading all the great reviews praising Kelly and his Kona Cloud Forest tours, we decided that this was an opportunity not to be missed! Kelly is extremely knowledgable about the trees and abundant plant life in the forest. His passion for teaching others about it and protecting this magical place was so obvious during every step of our tour. We spent three wonderful hours with Kelly exploring and learning about one of the most unique places on the planet! We will never forget this trip! Charlotte and Scott.
- Charlotte B
3 months ago
We had a great time exploring the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary with Mr. Dunn. We learned SO MUCH about the plant and wildlife that live within the protected land and Mr. Dunn was knowledgeable about it all, and then some! It was a true delight to listen to him talk about and explain all that we saw. His enthusiasm made the tour so much more fun and enjoyable as well. We would recommend this to everyone who travels to the big island of Hawaii, just to see what the island itself was once made of and what a great job Mr. Dunn is doing to keep it alive. It is truly beautiful. Go check it out, you will not be disappointed!
- Michele K
2 months ago
Not enough stars to rate this tour!!! Our tour guide, Kelly, shared many of his extraordinary life experiences and how it brought him to the Big Island to be a steward of this phenomenal, rare, precious, piece of the Earth. Bring your camera, there are so many opportunities to capture once-in-a-lifetime photos. But, you'll also want to put the camera down and soak in the natural ambiance with all of your senses. You'll want to stay!!!!
- Marty W

Only Cloud Forest In The United States!

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

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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