Kilauea Iki Crater takes center stage during KapohoKine Adventures' new Hike 'n Glow tour. // © 2014 KapohoKine Adventures
Hawaii Island activity company KapohoKine Adventures has introduced a new tour for spirited clients looking to get off the beaten track at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (HVNP).
Called Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow, the 10.5-hour expedition was developed in response to requests from travel agents and clients for a bolder exploration of HVNP, according to Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures.
“The tour appeals to a mix of vigorous travelers, from families with teens and nature-loving couples to singles wanting to tour the park in a small group of like-minded visitors,” DeLellis said.
After resort pickups in Kona and along Kohala Coast, the tour transports guests to Hilo for a quick stop for provisions at KapohoKine’s store. From there, it heads directly to HVNP for a tour of its visitor center and a picnic lunch.
Next, the group visits the park’s Jaggar volcanology museum; hikes across the still-steaming floor of Kilauea Iki crater; climbs up into the rainforest; ventures into Thurston lava tube; and walks along the edge of Kilauea caldera.
The group has dinner at the landmark Volcano House, where picture windows provide dramatic volcano views. The final activity is a stop at Halemaumau crater to witness the glow of its lava lake after dark.
Unlike other tours, this itinerary has a razor-sharp focus on HVNP, said DeLellis.
“There are no other guided tours that include the robust experience of longer hikes and more in-depth stops at locations, combined with the sit-down dinner at Volcano House,” DeLellis said.
Only the company’s most seasoned guides lead the tour, he added.
“We have guides with degrees in geology and other similar disciplines,” said DeLellis. “Each brings a unique perspective while offering guests a broad scope of knowledge and a deeper understanding of HVNP and Hawaiian culture.”
Travel agents are invited to experience the tour firsthand for free, with a discount for companions. At press time, the tour was not yet incorporated into KapohoKine’s website. Interested agents and their clients should call the company to make bookings.