Riding on almost all of the zip lines on the Big Island in the past few years has been quite thrilling and this past weekend I was invited to go zip-lining with one of the islands newer operations the Kohala Ziplines.
We were scheduled for a 9:00 am tour that began at their base located in North Kohala. We signed release waivers and geared up there at the base.
The operation itself is run by the well known local company Hawaii Forest & Trail, and after we geared up, we jumped in one of their six-wheeled Pinzgauers and took off for about a 20 minute journey down the North Kohala Highway until we turned off onto some land that used to be owned by King Kamehameha himself.
We arrived at the Zip Lines and walked over a suspension bridge to the first zip line.
Our guides gave us an overview of how the dual zipline harness system works.
This is the first Zip Line I have ever been on that the pulleys were attached to two ziplines one above the other.
These Ziplines also had like a plastic type of coating over them which made them really quiet and a smooth ride… when they get a little wet… the ziplines go even faster!
The Zipline “Canopy Tour” as it’s often referred to, has 9 ziplines in all and they call the first two… “Flight School” because if you get too scared or are not able to handle the requirements needed to be on the ziplines… they have a short little “Zipline of Shame” as my friend coined it before the third zipline where folks can bail on the rest of the trip.
About half way through the course you come across this area of suspension bridges and an inclined suspended bridge that are quite unique.
You are constantly strapped into ziplines whether it’s the pulley system or just the grappling clips.
They were calling this course a “Challenge Course” as you yourself have to do the braking by sliding your hands gently against the ziplines by gloves provided by the company.
About three fourths the way through the course, they provided us with some light snacks that consisted of Macadamia Nuts and Granola Bars and then we took off for the last few zip lines.
The final zipline was this side-by-side zipline where you can race your friends down a steep run that is nearly a quarter mile long!
I myself think the ziplining part was the easy part… the scarier part for me was doing the rappeling down a couple of the towers like this final tower at the end of the course.
I really had a great time and I’d like to thank the folks at Hawaii Forest & Trail for inviting me and an old high school friend to check them out.
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