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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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Man Fern! – Tasmanian Fern Trees (aka: Dicksonia Antarctica, soft tree fern, man fern) These ferns can grow to a maximum of 80 feet in height. They consist of an erect rhizome forming a trunk. They are very hairy at the base of the trunk. The canopy of the tree has a large, dark green frond that ...

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PreHistoric Ferns - Ferns first appeared in the fossil record about 360 million years ago in the middle Devonian period. Many of the current families and species did not appear until roughly 145 million years ago in the early Cretaceous, after flowering plants came to dominate many environments. ...

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Number 5 !!! - TripAdvisor ranks Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours 5 out of 90 things to do in Kona Hawaii !!! - It's been a wonderful year of achievements and this latest rating by TripAdvisor tops off 2019. Thanks to everyone for the good words, comments and posting online. I can see by ...

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The Eyes Have It - How does this pattern occur on the trunk of the Split Leaf Philodendron? Each "eye" are created when a branch falls from the trunk of the tree. As the tree grows new eyes appear on the trunk. To me it looks something like an Indian totem pole. There are many philodendrons here ...

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Ohia Trees - Most Sacred Trees In Hawaii - This is the first tree to start the reforestation process. This tree is truly endemic to the Hawaii islands. When a seed finds itself on a lava flow it has two decisions to make; should begin life as a tree or a shrub. In a hot, acidic area like a lava a...

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The further we move from Nature,
The less grounded we become…
Kelly Dunn
I believe many problems can be solved just by visiting Nature often. I ask many people that express they are stressed and not happy. I asked them how many hours a week do you visit a park, take a walk or just sit outside. ...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Hawaii
One of the few remaining cloud forests on Earth. The Kona Cloud Forest is the only cloud forest in the United States. Beginning elevation is 3,000 feet above sea level. One of the most unique ecosystems on Earth. There is an abundance of trees, plants and trees that ha...

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James Cameron Visits The Kona Cloud Forest!
In the photo: James Cameron and Kelly Dunn
Following our tour, James Cameron and I spoke for a few minutes at the entrance of the Kona Cloud Forest.
KD: Thanks for taking a tour of the Kona Cloud Forest today!
JC: It was excellent, some of the best dive...

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The Trees Breath, that's what you are viewing in the photo. Each morning the sun rises and begins to heat the leaves in the trees. Part of this process is called, Transpiration, the evaporation of moisture through the leaves. On most days the clouds appear from the trees until sunset. During the...

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2 weeks ago
Kelly Dunn and his team have created a truly memorable and pleasurable experience. Being one of the only Cloud Forests in the world, the Kona Cloud Forest is home to a wide variety of tropical flora, including the beautiful Rainbow Eucalyptus and a tree baring fruit that resembles marbles! Be sure to add this to your itinerary— you won’t want to miss this! Even if you are a local, like I was, this place is truly magnificent to visit. Thank you Kelly!
- Allysa L
a month ago
Kelly was an amazing guide on our walk thru the Kona Cloud Forest. We appreciated the walking sticks as they assisted in safely navigating the sometimes uneven footing that a natural environment provides. Kelly was a wealth of knowledge of the tree's, flowers, plants and history of Hawaii. Well worth the time and money. As a bonus Kelly took photo's along the way and then provided them on his Google drive to download as we wished. You won't regret taking this informative tour.
- Michelle N
2 weeks ago
An 80-acre parcel of land, privately owned, but open for guided tours. The entire property was clear-cut in the mid-1980's but it is difficult to tell now. Most of the current plants and trees were planted by the current owner. As a result the are some non-native species, including one redwood our guide pointed out. The property owner also rescues unwanted large birds so you may hear the birds during the tour, but definitely near the end of the tour when you will actually see the birds in their large cages.
- Dennis D

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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