What To Expect:
- Zipline Tours run rain or shine with waterproof jackets provided
- Cooler temperatures at the beginning of the course and warmer temperatures at the end
- 1,000 foot total elevation drop from beginning to end
- Fully narrated off-road adventure to and from the zip line course
- Elevated platforms connected with exciting features like suspension bridges and suspended staircases
- Light snacks and beverages provided, deli-style lunch option.
What To Bring:
- Closed toe shoes are required. Keen and Salomon brand shoes available for purchase at the KapohoKine Adventures store
- Shorts, pants and t-shirts are ok
- Light jacket, sunglasses and hat suggested
- Bring your still or video camera to take advantage of photo ops galore
Zipline tours are not for pregnant women or anybody with current or pre-existing heart, neck, or back conditions or injuries. Guests are required to sign a liability waiver on arrival. Guests must be able to negotiate stairs, and lift 15 pounds. Guests must weigh between 60 and 260 pounds and refunds cannot be given to guests that are under or over the weight limits. Changes and cancellations must be made at least 24 hours in advance of tour time for a full refund. Our facilities, except for the zip line, are ADA compliant, and we make every effort to accommodate guests of every ability.
8-Line Zipline Adventure
Hugging the Hilo Forest Reserve, our first line starts the course out with a bang! Climb the first suspension element of the course (you won't touch the ground again until completing Line 4!) to the departure platform. Every line on the course has two side-by-side zip lines, so you and your first zip partner will enjoy the panoramic ocean views high above Hilo-town. Listen for the calls of our native birds in the forest behind the platform, then see what it feels like to join them in the air as you speed over the duck pond towards Line 2. Your first experience with our state-of-the-art magnetic zipSTOP braking system is here at the end of Line 1. A fully automatic self-regulating magnetic braking system, our zipSTOPs have the ability to safely and comfortably bring guests to a stop from any speed.
Connected to Line 1 with a suspended staircase, Line 2 has even more impressive views of the coastline and Hilo Bay. All of our zip lines have redundant safety systems, so your guides will connect each of your two trolley systems to it's own zip cable. Line 2 will deliver you to the steep banks of the raging Honolii river. Line 2 traverses open pasture and is a great line to try out your turning skills. The arrival platform leads to the second suspension element of the course which takes you through the top of the native 'ohia tree canopy to the Line 3 departure platform.
Sounds of the forest are replaced by the roar of rapids from below. The first views of the river can be seen here. Looking mauka (towards the mountain), you'll catch vistas of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, the two huge volcanoes that make up the bulk of Hawaii Island. Turn to the south and you'll be treated to views of smoke and steam rising from the Pu'u O'o vent of Kilauea Volcano. Line 3 takes you along the river through a native Hawaiian rainforest filled with old-growth ohia trees to Line 4.
Connected to Line 3 with the third suspension element, Line 4 is a real stunner. A native koa forest stands to your left. The river can't be seen from here, but the sounds hint at what's to come. Starting 150 feet over the valley below, the cliff below you drops away to reveal a double-tiered waterfall that will melt your heart. Swivel around in your harness if you can and feel the power of this 120 foot tall stunner of a waterfall. If it's really raging, you'll be enveloped in mist from the falls as you glide across the pool below. A unique and top-secret exit from this line will leave you giggling in your harness.
The end of Line 4 brings you to our second pavilion known as Hale Ho'onanea, or "house of peace". The name becomes obvious as you sit and enjoy the views of the waterfall while your new zipline buddies complete their adventure on line 4. Light snacks and beverages are provided here, as are restrooms. This is also the location where lunch will be waiting for those guests opting for our convenient and delicious lunch delivery program.
Line 5 starts out innocently enough: low platform with a short flight of stairs! Don't be fooled, however, as Line 5 arrival and Line 6 departure share a platform, the tallest on the course! When you arrive at this platform which sits above the tree canopy, the river valley opens up below you with stunning views of fern, 'ohia, and palm tree forests lining the steep 200 foot river banks.
From your tree-top aerie take in more mind-boggling views of the Hilo coastline. This line starts out over the tree-top canopy high above the river below. As you start your zip look to the left and you'll catch a glimpse of a beautiful hidden grotto complete with tropical waterfall. Then look to your right and view the river stretching out 200' below you. Before you know it, you'll be racing your zip partner down an old logging road approaching the arrival platform before you hit the brakes. Walk down a few steps and across a short foot path to the departure platform of Line 7.
Line 7 is the unsung hero of the course. It starts with the fourth suspension element on the course that takes you up to the departure platform. Start zipping and the forest floor below you almost immediately falls away revealing the gorgeous river ravine 200 feet under your feet. Several waterfalls reveal themselves as you pass a curve in the river affording amazing views both up- and downstream. The arrival platform of Line 7 sits on a peninsula, and is connected to the last line of the course by yet another suspension element.
Line 8 is the sleeping giant, the longest line of the course, at more than 1/2 mile long! Reach it by traversing the fifth and final suspension element that connects Line 7 arrival to Line 8 departure. After a short zip across the peninsula, you drop right down into the river gorge. The sights and sounds envelope you as you take in the ride. You will travel directly down the middle of the river, soaring over several waterfalls and rapids. This is an amazing adrenaline rush which rewards you with a surprisingly gentle landing at the arrival platform. A few steps and a short uphill walk will bring you back to meet your transport back to Hale Halawai.
BUT WAIT! Didn't get enough? Ask about our Zip Line Rewind option, and we will take you back to Line 7 to rezip Lines 7 & 8 before returning to Hale Halawai.
GoPro Hero HD Helmet Cam Packages
For a true birds-eye view of Hawaii you'll be able to share with friends and family captured in high definition!
- Basic Package $49 preorder/$54 in store, includes one camera rental and raw footage you take of your tour delivered on a keepsake SD card
- Upgrade Package $79 preorder/$89 in store, includes two camera rentals and raw footage taken by you and your zip partner of your tour plus your raw footage delivered on two keepsake SD cards
- Ultimate Package The ultimate GoPro experience, BUY YOUR OWN CAMERA! We are a full-service GoPro dealer with all of the very latest in GoPro Hero3 cameras and accessories, including accessories for the Hero1 and 2. Choose from the GoPro Hero3 White, Silver or Black Editions. Buy the camera at our store and we will give you the microSD card that goes with it for FREE plus 10% off all accessories bought at the time of purchase
Delivered Picnic Lunch Package
Have a delicious picnic lunch delivered to you right on the zip line tour. Includes choice of sandwich, Hilo-made taro, sweet potato or potato chips, and beverage
$15 if you pre-order before the day of your tour
Sandwiches are all served on fresh-baked sourdough rolls and include (in addition to extras listed below) provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, pepperoncini, onions with mayo and mustard on the side. We are happy to accommodate special dietary needs, as well. Sandwich choices include:
- California Turkey (Sliced deli turkey, bacon, avocado, ranch spread)
- Tuna Salad
- Deli-style Turkey
- Veggie (Avocado, cucumber, olives)
- Italian (Salami, prosciutto, mozzarella, aioli spread)
Sandwiches come with a choice of Hilo-made chips:
- Sweet Potato
Lunch Package includes beverage, choose from 20 oz bottles of soft drinks, juices, and vitamin waters
Select the date and number of participants then click the Book My Zip button to select your tour options.
8-Line Zipline Through Paradise
I understand that I must cancel my tour no less than 24 hours prior to my scheduled tour time. I understand that no refunds will be given if I, or anybody I include in my booked party, fall either above or below stated weight limits. I understand that myself and all guests I book in my party must be able to negotiate stairs, lift 15 pounds, and meet all other minimum health and safety requirements as set forth in the What to Bring and Requirements sections of the Tour Info tab located here