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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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NUMBER 4 - #4 Out Of 179 - Nature & Parks - TripAdvisor - Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours now rated the fourth best Nature experience on the entire island of Hawaii. We are pleased that so many people have made this happen. We looked forward to a happy 2020 and beyond. But remember there a...

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Chambeyronia macrocarpa, and it's the largest palm frond on Earth! At the Kona Cloud Forest you will find extraordinary primitive plants including the Flamethrower which dates back to the Mesozoic Era, when dinosaurs roamed the planet. The Flame Thrower is considered cold hardy. They can resist t...

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The Trees Breath - I was driving from downtown Kona back to the Kona Cloud Forest. As I was driving up Hina Lani I saw the clouds beginning to form. One of the main definitions of a cloud forest is they usually exist between the three thousdand and four thousand elevation. Transpiration occurs as...

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Oleander - An attractive but deadly plant! A poisonous shrub, Nerium oleander, of the dogbane family, native to southern Eurasia, having evergreen leaves and showy clusters of pink, red, or white flowers, and widely cultivated as an ornamental plant. There is an ancient account mentioned by Pliny...

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Celebrating 5 Years - Certificate of Excellence - State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for Painted Trees of Hawaii Foundation! Thanks to everyone that has contributed to this wonderful journey... Mahalo, Kelly Dunn - CEO/President #PaintedTreesHawaii #KonaCloudForest #Eucal...

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Red Feather Palm - (Chambeyronia macrocarpa) This is one of the most beautiful palms in the world. A feather solitary palm to about 20 to 25 feet, with a spectacular, bright red new leaf, which stays red for up to 10 days. The leaflets are also very wide, thick, and shiny so even without a new le...

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Kona Cloud Forest Voted #1 in Kona Hawaii by TripAdvisor - View our listing by the worlds largest tour publication, "This Week Hawaii" 8 million weekly readers! - Click on the logo to view our gallery page! Book your tour today! (808) 640-3888 - Mahalo, Kelly Dunn

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TripAdvisor #1 – Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours now Rated #! For Things To Do In Kona Hawaii! We are ending the year rated #1 and we'll be starting 2020 #1 !!! And how does this happen? It's because of everyone that got behind this project and believed in the journey. This is really a t...

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TripAdvisor #2 – Kona Cloud Forest is now rated #2 out of 90 things to do in Kona. How do these things happen? During these exciting times I can reflect and know that the journey I began years ago truly wasn’t just a fantasy. If you read the reviews they are real and heartfelt. These are memories...

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a month 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
a month 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
a week ago
Best Kept secret in Kona and the Big Island. You might think you need to go to the Hilo side to see tropical forest, wrong, this beautiful cloud forest with otherworldly plants and trees is only 20 min from downtown Kona. Kelly has been guiding tours on the Island for years but this tour is fairly new. However the forest is very old and this will someday be destination as it becomes more well known. It was a highlight for our entire family. Kelly really knows his stuff he is five star. And I am a naturalist myself. He not only is a great guide but he bought this land over many years and put it in a trust to protect cloud forests which are incredibly beautiful and rare. And he knows ever inch of it. We loved this tour, and cant wait to return. Thank you Kelly.
- david a

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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