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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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2021 - February 13th - We are still closed due to the pandemic. We will post updates when they arrive. We are thinking of reopening 4th Quarter of 2021. Again, please call ahead for upsdates and reopening status. Call (808) 640-3888 for more information. Mahalo, Kona Cloud Forest #KonaCloudForest...

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Feather Duster (Justicia) - A regal and royal bloom that blooms two or three times each year at the Kona Cloud Forest. Justicia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae. It is the largest genus within the family, encompassing around 700 species with hundreds more as yet unresolved...

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Anthuriums - Exotic Flowering Plants!
Anthurium is a genus of herbs often growing as epiphytes on other plants. Some are terrestrial. The leaves are often clustered and are variable in shape. The inflorescence bears small flowers which are perfect, containing male and female structures. The flowe...

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2020 Travellers' Choice - Tripadvisor - This marks the 3rd year we have won this prestigious award. I thank everyone that has made our detination here on the Island of Hawaii #1 out of 99 Things To Do!
What is Travelers’ Choice? Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attr...

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Kona Cloud Forest - We are hoping to be back sometime next year, 2021. The Covid case numbers have been rising for the past two weeks. Soon we expect another lockdown to get the virus under control
We miss everyone. Thank you for your emails, phone calls and letters! We are open but not for tour...

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Cassia brewsteri, commonly known as Brewster's Cassia, Leichhardt Bean, Cassia pea and Bean Tree is a species of leguminous shrubs or small trees, of the plant family Fabaceae. They grow naturally in Queensland, Australia. They primarily grow in open forest, and occasionally in monsoon forest lik...

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Cockatoo's - There are 21 species of cockatoos. Most are native to Oceania and endemic to Australasia, including Australia, New Zealand, and New Guinea. They are also found in Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. Larger cockatoos can live 30 to 70 years depending on the species, or occasionally lon...

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Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera deliciosa)
Split-leaf philodendron, Swiss cheese plant, or windowleaf (Monstera deliciosa) is a tropical plant native to rainforests of Central America from southern Mexico to Panama, and commonly grown as a foliage houseplant. It was introduced into cultivation...

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2 years ago
The most amazing cloud forest experience, rain or shine. Expect more of a guided nature education tour than a hike. I believe most of the trails are accessible for all ages (my elderly mom had no problem catching up), but you can probably ask for a steeper trail if inclined so. Although the tour lasts 2.5 hrs, it is not a strenuous or intense hike, but rather a casual stroll along the beautiful trail where you can admire one of the most diverse and beautiful forests remaining on the planet. The tour guide, Mr Dunn, has dedicated his life to the preservation of the forest and is a passionate educator. We learned so much about the unique plants populating the forest and were treated like close friends. I am not sure how many people usually sign up, but there was nobody else except our family on a tour that day, which felt very special.
- Ilya K
2 years ago
Gorgeous place! This is truly a beautiful area, and Kelly Dunn did a fantastic job in educating us about the various plants, and the symbiotic nature of the forest. His enthusiasm is contagious! Our tour was about 3.5 hours, easy walking, but our sturdy walking shoes (no flip flops!) helped us. The area is stunning, the hike is doable, and the knowledge we gained was enlightening. Everyone loved it - me and my hb, and our two teenagers. The cloud forest temps (elevation 3000-4000’) are a really nice respite from the hot and humid temps in Kona. When we went, temps ranged from the high 60’s up to the low 70’s. Oh, and now we have a favorite tree: The Rainbow Eucalyptus – its bark repels bugs, each one has unique and individual markings and colors, and its temp is cool to the touch.
- Lauren J
5 months ago
Highly recommended, Kelly is very knowledgeable he is a gracious host with much Aloha. I felt welcomed and at home in the cloud forest. Plus I learned a lot of interesting facts about the plants that thrive in the cloud forest from Kelly. This is a must do for anyone visiting or kama’aina as well.

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

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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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