HAWI, Hawaii -- Kohala Leisure Corp. introduced a four-wheel-drive
tour of the Kohala mountains as a supplement to its flume-like
rafting trip inside a ditch built for irrigation.
The new tour, called the HMV Tour (HMV is short for Hawaii
Mountain Vehicle), takes eight visitors in a four-wheel-drive
vehicle into the mountains for three hours.
"The only way you can get up there is with a four-wheel drive," a
The new tour is offered Tuesdays through Saturdays twice a day
at 8:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. The price is $95 for adults and $65 for
children ages 5 to 18.
A second tour the company offers is called Fluming the
In this adventure, guests take a three-hour tour of a 22-mile
irrigation ditch in five-person inflatable kayaks.
The rafting is slow and calm.
The irrigation ditch once was used for the Kohala Sugar
Plantation. The cement ditch winds through dense forest and at
several places passes through tunnels cut through mountains.
Clients get a little wet from a few small waterfalls that feed
the ditch, but there is no feeling of risk or danger.
The price for Fluming the Ditch is $85 for adults and $65 for
Trips depart at 8:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
The headquarters at which guests meet is in the town of Hawi,
which is north of the Kona Kohala Coast.
The office is on Hawi Road, near the intersection of Akoni Pule
Highway and Hawi Road.
Kohala Leisure Corp.
Phone: (808) 889-6922