Kilauea Hike & Glow Kona in Hilo, HI

KapohoKine AdventuresHistoric Cannario ComplexHilo, HI 96720
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Overview

Follow a certified park service guide on this adventurous Hawaiian hiking tour off the beaten path. This 4-mile hike includes a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube, down into the Kilauea Iki crater, and explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Your hiking endeavor includes a picnic lunch in the park and dinner with a wine tasting at the picturesque Volcano winery.

Description

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Get your hike on with one of our certified park service guides on our Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow tour. This is a specialized tour designed for adventurous guests looking to get off the beaten path and head off to unique areas of the Park not normally visited on organized tours. Starting at your resort in Kona, your guide will pick you up and drive you through the “saddle” between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea volcanoes.

Make a quick stop at our store in Hilo for provisions before heading off to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here you will discover what makes this unique place a UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Preserve. Start with a visit to the Kilauea Visitor’s Center and a picnic-style lunch. Visit the Jaggar Museum, and then on to the Thurston Lava Tube. Hike down into the Kilauea Iki crater through the rainforest and across the still-steaming crater floor. This 4-mile hike culminates in a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. Enjoy dinner at Volcano Winery. Guests can expect a private vineyard and tea orchard tour, plus a wine tasting or glass of wine included with dinner at the Winery. Return to the Park and watch for current volcanic activity as the sun sets before returning to Kona.

Red molten lava may not be seen and cannot be guaranteed as volcanic activity changes constantly. Durable hiking shoes required. We’re happy to accommodate special dietary needs and restrictions, including children’s meals, with advance notice. Order of itinerary may change. Tour runs rain or shine. Activity level: strenuous.

What to Bring:
Video and/or still cameras, government issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment

What to Expect:
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock.

What to Wear:
Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts are ok)
Light jacket or sweater
Sunglasses and hat
Sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)

What's Included:
Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch and dinner at the Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations

Duration:
Approximately 12 hours depending on pick up and drop off locations

Restrictions:
• All guests (including children) should be able to negotiate a strenuous 4-mile hike, unassisted, which includes a high number of steep uphill and downhill sections. Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to safely navigate the entire hike.
• State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
• Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice)
• Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns
• Participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State and/or Federal officials
• Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult

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Bob M
"Hike"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2017 NEW
Rented bikes and road to lava field on closed highway and viewed fresh lava coming down the mountain, awesome once in a lifetime experience, adventure employees very helpful and gave us a ride to end of road, then cycled to lava field, hiked 1.5 miles over very rough terrain up mountain to lava flow, very eerie experience , not for the faint of heart. Hike back in total darkness was surreal, all the stars wee visible above, wow!
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pattim129
"Fantastic Trip!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
Ask for Levi - he was an awesome tour guide! The coffee plantation was beautiful. The winery and BBQ were delicious and being that close to an active volcano is humbling. Well with the time! Oh, and don’t forget to ask for Levi and ask about TRex!!
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Lori-ann B
Lloydminster
"Mother Daughter Delightful Day Adventure"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
What an amazing way to explore the Volcano, the crater, the lava tubes and the lava glow! The hikes, the stories and all the extras( snacks, water, peppermint refreshing clothes) all made this an unforgettable experience. Jessica, our guide was amazing, and we loved listening to her stories of the area and the time she took with us to make certain our time was exactly what we wanted it to be. The steam vents, Pele’s hair, running into some NASA Scientists, the rainbows, and the old lava waves made the hike across the crater -AMAZING! Ending the night watching the glow from the lava lake was a perfect way to end an incredible day of adventuring. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves hiking and we will be back!
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keithhammock
"Excellent experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
Tour was very informative and exciting for my wife and i. John is very knowledgeable of this area and kept the whole tour entertaining. Would highly recommend.
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Kay E
Dunedin, New Zealand
"Evening volcano explorer"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 16, 2017 NEW
We had a fabulous day and PJ was excellent. The entire trip was comfortable, informative and really enjoyable. Thanks for a great day PJ, except for the jokes!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kilauea Hike & Glow (Kona)

What should I bring for the hiking tour?
Guests should bring a camera, a government issued ID, and your e-Ticket.

What should I wear for the tour?
For the best hiking experience, it is recommended that guests wear the following clothing items:

  • Comfortable hiking clothes (Shorts are ok)
  • Light jacket or sweater
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required. Sandals, flip-flops, and slippers are not permitted.

What is included in the tour?
The Kilauea Hike & Glow (Kona) tour includes:
  • Military-grade LED flashlights
  • Umbrellas
  • Walking sticks
  • Camera tripod to share
  • Mosquito repellant
  • Sunblock
  • Snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day
  • Picnic lunch 
  • Dinner at the Volcano Winery (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice)
  • All entrance fees and access to private locations


How long is the entire tour?
From start to finish, the entire experience is approximately 12 hours long.

Are there health, age, or weight restrictions for the tour?
Yes. Guests must adhere to the following restrictions in order to participate:
  • All guests (including children) must be able to navigate and complete a rigorous 4-mile hike without assistance. This hike includes multiple steep uphill and downhill areas. 
  • Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to complete the entire hike.
  • State law requires safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age. We are happy to provide safety seats given advance notice. 
  • Booster seats are required for all guests between the ages of 4 and 7, and/or under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds in weight. We can provide booster seats with advance notice.
  • Do note that volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may provide complications and difficulties for those with respiratory concerns.
  •  Participants should be ready for immediate evacuation (if necessary) in accordance with directions provided by County, State, and/or Federal officials.
  • Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.


Will I see lava during this tour?
It is not guaranteed that red molten lava will be seen on your tour as volcanic activity changes rapidly.

What happens in the case of rain?
The tour runs rain or shine. Please dress appropriately in the case of inclimate weather. Hiking shoes/boots must be worn at all times.

I have a food allergy or dietary restriction. Can I be accommodated during the picnic lunch and winery dinner?
Yes. Given advance notice, we can accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions. Please make this note when reserving your spot on the tour.

Is this tour difficult?
The level of hiking during this tour is considered strenuous.