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Kona Cloud Forest

Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours - Nature Sanctuary in Kailua-Kona Hawaii - (808) 640-3888 - Email: Tours@KonaCloudForest.Org
Opening at 9:00 AM
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Heliconia - Washboard Abs (HeliconiaHeliconiaceae)
Heliconias are sometimes called “lobster claws” or “parrot flowers” because of their beak-like “bracts” which can be orange, purple, red, yellow, pink, green or a combination of these. ... This keeps the flower's sweet nectar tucked away so that ...

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Selfie In The Jungle - It was a warm day but along the trails I saw many new blooms. The plants surrounding me are verigated philodendrons. I've always like the two-tone colored leaves. Also working on new tour projects for 2022. Once the pandemic nears the end then we can get back to forest tour...

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Heliconia - (HeliconiaHeliconiaceae)
Heliconias are sometimes called “lobster claws” or “parrot flowers” because of their beak-like “bracts” which can be orange, purple, red, yellow, pink, green or a combination of these. ... This keeps the flower's sweet nectar tucked away so that only specializ...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Happy 2022!
Many thanks to our board of directiors, Volunteers and Community Service workers.
After the pandemic has subsided we will be offering new tour adventures.
Be sure to check out our website for updates and details.
We will be closing temporarily due to recent dea...

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Kona Cloud Forest - Kelly Dunn - Tour Reviews

Pleasantly Astonished!
Kona Cloud Forest tour was by far the coolest thing I’ve ever done! Kelly. Dunn our tour guide is amazing! Kelly is so much fun! The tour was interesting, informative and mind blowing! One of the things that stayed with me is t...

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Target & Their Mascot, Bulls Eye! Thank you Target (Kona, Hawaii) for your time and engergy voluntering at the Kona Cloud Forest this year! Administrators and employees worked together to help clear the trails. Amazing what happens when people get together in the name of Nature. Good vibrations s...

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Hawaii - Snow On Mauna Kea. Last week there was a snow blizzard on the mountain! While taking this photo from this elevation it was very cold. Like King Kahuna told me, "There may be snow on the mountain but there's a fire down below!:
Mahalo,
Kelly Dunn
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#PaintedTreesHawaii

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Kona Cloud Forest - Guided Walking Tours !!!
In the heart of an area known as the Kaloko-Mauka, just a quick drive from the Kona Coast, is the only cloud forest in the United States. During a guided walking tour of this private sanctuary, tour ...

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Testimonials

4 months ago
The Kona Cloud Forest Tour was an incredibly informative and memorable experience! My girlfriend and I absolutely loved our tour! Kelly is a kind, smart guide who is very passionate about nature and biodiversity preservation. If you’re a forest lover like we are, you’ll love the trip. I’d liken it to Willy Wonka - but with prehistoric trees and exotic fruit!
- Noah M
3 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
5 months ago
Kona Cloud Forest Guided Walking Tours was the only paid tour we took in our time on Hawaii and I'm so thankful we did. The forest itself holds its own type of magic but what really set this tour apart for me was our guide Voltaire. (P.S. Voltaire if you're reading this I just wanted to take a moment to say to mesi zanmi'm.)
- Stephanie G

Only Cloud Forest In The United States!

Call today to reserve your tour! (808) 640-3888

Email: Tours@KonaCloudForest.Org

Kona Cloud Forest - Three Hour Guided Walking Tours 
$95.00 per person - 12 and under no charge.
All Tours Are By Phone Appointment Only

NOTICE: 
Covid Update - As of January 5th, 2022  we are temporarily closed. Many have been infected and a number of our friends and family have died from Covid. We will reopen once the pandemic rates declined. Yesterday the CDC announced over 3,700 people were infected. Please be safe and wear a mask. We'll post here when we are reopening. During this time we are working on other tour adventures. Mahalo, 
Kelly Dunn - CEO-President

Tour Reservations: 
The best option is to reserve your tour at least 1 to 3 weeks before the tour date you are seeking. If we don't have availablity for the date your are seeking we can put you on the Cancellation List. 
We do get canellations so call for current availability. 
THE best way to contact us is calling (808) 640-3888 - Call before 8 AM Aleutian Time or After 1 PM Aleutian Time. If we don't answer we are most likely on the trails preparing for tours each day. Tours are from 9 AM to 12 PM Aleutian Time. If you do not hear back please be persistent and keep calling. Sometimes we receive our voicemails two or three days later. Just keep calling and we will answer and/or reply to your voicemail.
Send an email us at: Tours@KonaCloudForest.Org
Include your name, phone number, the date(s) you are seeking and the number of people in your group. 

Founder/CEO/President/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. 

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. 
     
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. All 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 Tours@KonaCloudForest.Org 
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 49 Things To Do in Kailua-Kona Hawaii 
2022Traveler 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.

Address: 
73-1865 Hao Street #3
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
Phone:
(808) 640-3888

Email:
Tours@KonaCloudForest.Org

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Be sure to make time after the tour to visit our friends at the Mountain Thunder Coffee Plantation! Their location is only a 1/16 of a mile drive up from us on Hao Street. 

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73-1865 Hao Street #3
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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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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