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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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Austrailian Magazine, Landscape Outlook - Edition 82 - Featuring Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Kona Cloud Forest
Thank you for your wonderful heartfelt words featuring both locations. Truly an honor to be featured in your magazine.
Mahalo, Kelly Dunn CEO-President

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Kona Cloud Forest - #1 Rated By TripAdvisor! This is the second year we have achieved our Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. Currently, we have been busy planting and maintaining the trails. We'll be ready for tour guests the moment the State of Hawaii announces we can open for business....

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2020 - May 24th - Kona Cloud Forest - All the trees, plants and flowers say hello! We have been busy working on the trails and planting. The rain has been steady each day. The temperatures are in the 60 to 70 degree range. One day the coast will be clear and we'll see you again. Please be safe an...

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Accepting Pending Tour Bookings - Even though we are closed to tours due to the current pandemic as of today we are accepting reservations. The reservations can be booked anytime after June 1st, 2020.
Again, these reservations will be pending. The State of Hawaii will notify us as to when we ca...

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2020, May 8th - Update: We have busy working in the Kona Cloud Forest planting and maintenance. Many have asked when do we will be providing tours. We are following the governor's instructions; currently anyone arriving to Hawaii must be in quarantine for 14 days. The flight arrivals and cruise s...

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NOTICE: We are the #1 Attraction in Kona Hawaii for Nature, Wildlife, Things To Do and Attractions. As the owner of the Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours I feel our organization should take a responsible stand regarding the COVID-19 Virus outbreak. As of today, March 15th, 2020, we will be c...

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How Many Cockatoo's In A Coconut Tree?
You have to look closely but there are quite a few on the branches. You might find a few peeking through the leaves!
Next time you are in the Kona area be sure to visit the Kona Cloud Forest. There are many birds that are chirping and filling the air with ...

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Liptstick Plant (Aeschynanthus) - A wonderful and inspiring plant. The beautiful blooms will capture your attention upon first sight. These tropical plants are best outdoors in a humid evironment. They are easy to grow and propagate. If you are near Kona Hawaii you can see a number of these wonde...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - We are one of the top Nature & Wildlife destinations on the island of Hawaii. Our three hour tours walk you through the only cloud forest in the United States. Starting elevation is 3,000 fee and as you can see in the photo we are wearing warm clothing a...

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4 months ago
Fun and Fascinating! What a fabulous and informative way to spend a morning! It was unlike anything we've ever done before. Kelly is a wonderful host! He starts by telling you a bit about the forest, including the fact that cloud forests constitute only 1% of the earth's surface which in itself makes this a pretty special tour. It was raining the day we went but Kelly supplies umbrellas if you need one and bamboo walking sticks which you definitely do need. The trail is not arduous but it is covered with roots - which interestingly have to be above ground because there is no topsoil. In our case, the tour lasted 3.5 hours with a modest amount of walking but a staggering amount of learning, interspersed with amusing stories and fun facts. And all for less than $100! Not to be missed!
- Kerrie H
6 months ago
Best guide ever! Kelly is passionate about plants, the environment, and has an absolute love of being in nature. He's turned a big chunk of wild, mixed cloud forest into the best walkable (mildly rough terrain) tour anywhere. He recycles people's old decorative plants, trims just enough for you to clearly see ferns, palms, gorgeous flowers, ficus trees (just the best!) and so much more, and he's an excellent photographer. He helped make photos of us for our tour. He's met so many famous people, been all over the world, and definitely knows his plants and stories. We had a great time! Small groups only, very personal. Eat before you go, and bring some water if you need it. Great value, because you'll never forget it. Super close to Kona, yet 100% different from what you've seen. Best place for photographers, and selfie heaven because everything is strikingly beautiful, and you'll be right up close to all of it. He had a cool cat too, and cute house (random note). I can't wait to see ...
- Steven S
6 months ago
However great you think this walk will be, in reality it's 5000 times better. You'll end your walk already planning your next visit back to it. Kelly takes you on an interactive information-packed tour on maintained trails through an ancient forest of giant trees and plants that make it easy to imagine you've traveled back to prehistoric time. Kelly has lived on the property for decades and shares facts and wonderful engaging stories about the plants and animals as he leads you along the trail. Kelly is a story teller and his passion and love for the forest and land is contagious. The tour is appropriate for adults and kids. The cloud forest is easy to find and parking is easy. I highly recommend it!
- Donna K

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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