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Kona Cloud Forest

Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - Nature Sanctuary in Kailua-Kona Hawaii
Open today until 4:30 PM
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Target Volunteer Day - Kona, Hawaii - We thank everyone from the Target store in Kona, Hawaii that volunteered and worked in the Kona Cloud Forest today!
When we work together in Nature many magical things happen.
It is our goal to give back to Nature and help create a legacy for our future gen...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours
Rated #1 for the past 3 years!

What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tri...

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Girl Scouts visting us at the Kona Cloud Forest - So many things to see and do. The girl scouts had many great questions! I do believe our future is secure... ❤ (Note: I secured permission from the troop leader to post these images I took during the tour) All rights reserved- Kelly Dunn

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Wedding Day In The Kona Cloud Forest
The bride and groom with a local judge.
The bride had called and said she took a tour with me last year. She said it was her dream to get married here in the forest. I agreed that it would be a wonderful start to their journey.
Many blessings to both of you ...

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Volunteer Week Hawaii
We had a great Wednesday in the cloud forest!
Friday, April 23rd 9:00 AM Aleutian Time will be the last day to volunteer. Call (808) 640-3888
Thanks to everyone at Kanu Hawaii inviting us to be part of this state wide event!
Kelly Dunn
#KanuHawaii #EarthDay2021 ...

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Volunteer Week Hawaii - April 18th to the 24th, 2021
This is an opportunity to encourage people to get engaged in their communities and to recognize volunteers for their year-round contributions.
This statewide, cross-sector campaign brings together residents, visitors, nonprofits, businesses, s...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours
We are rated at the #1 Tour by TripAdvisor on the Island of Hawaii. Tours begin once a day at 9:00 AM Aleutian Time.
Price: $95.00 per adult - Children with adults under 12 years of age no charge.
This is a 3 hour tour through the only cloud forest in th...

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Dinosaur On Our Tour!!! Of course, when I said there were no raptors or T-Rex's in the forest look who shows up! :) My very funny guests sent this to me after the tour... :)
All tours are by phone appointment. Call today!
Kelly Dunn
#KonaCloudForest #PaintedTreesHawaii #Raptors

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2021 - March 18th -
We Are Now Open For Tours!
All Tours Are By Phone Appointment (808) 640-3888
We follow the Covid Guidelines by the State of Hawaii.
We try to accomodate same-day tour requests but it's best to call be 7:00 AM Aleutian Time for availablity.
See you soon!
Kelly Dunn...

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2 months ago
Amazing tour of a beautiful piece of the big island. Highly recommend!!!! Tour guide was fantastic too!!!
- Erica L
2 months ago
Awesome on many levels!!! On my second tour, the first one in 2018, Kelly Dunn took us adults this time on a more challenging trail than the first when we had several preschoolers. He is equally entertaining to all ages. Kelly’s enthusiasm and optimism for the preservation of the planet is contagious. Kelly’s humor and stories illuminate Hawaii’s history. I came to be visually stimulated to paint the misty past of plants surviving many times longer than we have inhabited the world. Awakes in me the desire to question how I thought about nature.
- Donald W
2 months ago
Kelly is the most extraordinary guide — as someone who is constantly on their phone and has a short attention span, I felt as though I wandered the cloud forest for hours totally in the present. The biodiversity you will see is like nothing else and Kelly’s knowledge runs deep. Kelly shows you so many different plants and artifacts of nature, and his stories and facts give you an even deeper appreciation. This tour is something you must do. You will not regret it!
- Genevieve L

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
If you wish to have a same-day tour call early (6:00 AM Aleutian Time) to inquire about availability. 
Try to book your tour at least one to two weeks before the tour date you are seeking. 
Call today reserve your tour! (808) 640-0735

Tour Guide: Kelly Dunn - Known for his photography, relentless work for the Eucalyptus Deglupta trees and many  other talents, has been in Hawaii since 1986. Kelly has a long history and extensive knowledge of the trees, plants and flowers on the Island of Hawaii. He combines fun dialogue and educational twists to create a tour experience you will enjoy for many years. 

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.

TripAdvisor Rated #1 Of 101 Things To Do in Kailua-Kona Hawaii 
2020 Traveler Choice Award
Certificate of Excellence
Google Rated 5 out of 5 stars

We are located 20 minutes from downtown Kona and 9.2 miles from the Kona International Airport.

NOTE: We cannot allow free-walking as this is 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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