On a KapohoKine Adventures tour in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, guests explore the trail to Thurston Lava Tube. // © 2016 KapohoKine Adventures
Feature image (above): Volcano Winery's island-inspired products stand ready for sipping during a KapohoKine Adventures tour. // © 2016 KapohoKine Adventures
KapohoKine Adventures has entered into an exclusive partnership with Volcano Winery, located on the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Known for its eco-friendly Hawaii Island excursions, KapohoKine now incorporates a private vineyard tour, wine tasting and catered dinner into several of its itineraries.
The move reflects KapohoKine’s goal of supporting and protecting local farms and open spaces, according to Tony DeLellis, owner of KapohoKine. Clients get two distinctive Hawaii Island experiences in one tour, starting with ziplining or hiking followed by a firsthand look at a self-sufficient, sustainable vineyard. Volcano Winery specializes in wines and teas, using traditional wine grapes as well as tropical fruits such as guava and jaboticaba berry.
“Rather than eating a sandwich in the park, our guests enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner with unique wines around a fire pit in a vineyard,” DeLellis said. “Travel agents can book our tours knowing that every detail has been thought through with the comfort of the client in mind.”
KapohoKine tours that incorporate a stop at Volcano Winery include Kilauea Hike ‘n Glow, Evening Volcano Explorer and Zippin’ Volcano. For agents who work with groups and events, KapohoKine can accommodate up to 130 guests on excursions that visit the winery.
It’s the first of several new partnerships that KapohoKine will be announcing over the next year.
In other news for 2016, KapohoKine will soon unveil its new Hilo flagship store at Grand Naniloa Hilo - a DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, which is slated to open this spring.
KapohoKine also plans to launch an astronomy-oriented adventure this summer.
“Our guests have been clamoring for a stargazing tour that offers something different from the rest,” DeLellis said.
Additionally, KapohoKine recently increased its travel agent commission to 25 percent.