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New Zipline Adventure Opens on the Big Island – The Kohala Canopy Adventure

Kohala Zipline swings into action this month with a new pure tree experience, the Kohala Canopy Adventure. This thrilling aerial trek captivates and challenges your senses while leaving you feeling you have accomplished something you may have never dared to try before.  Built on two decades of award winning guided adventures, Hawaii Forest & Trail delivers this nature-based elevated inspiration with style. The canopy course design is a tree-to-tree experience that features 5 elevated suspension bridges, 14 soaring tree platforms, 9 thrilling ziplines and 2 rappels.

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline

World Class Canopy Course Builders Working in Harmony with Nature The Kohala Canopy Adventure embraces the captivating beauty and history of Kohala’s Halawa Gulch with platforms built in towering trees that connect each zipline and allow guests to absorb the trainquility of a meandering stream, ancient taro fields and the forest floor below. These eight dual-cable, single-rider and one dual-cable tandem rider ziplines were constructed by a team of expert canopy course builders from Colorado and Costa Rica.

The platforms and elevated sky bridges use lumber milled from trees on site with minimal impact to the forest. “The serenity and natural beauty of this site really speaks for itself.  Leaving as much of the canopy intact to create a nature based tour was our biggest challenge and we’re really excited about the outcome of this project.  It is one of the highest quality sites I’ve had an opportunity to work on,” states Victor Gallo, Co-Founder of Adventure Playground, and Site Construction Manager for Kohala Zipline.  “We wanted to honor the site by having as little disturbance as possible among these 100 year old trees.”

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline

State-of-the-Art

Along with creating an aerial trekking course that raises the bar on adventure tours, Kohala Zipline installed the latest safety features available today.  Beginning with redundant attachment points throughout the trek, guests also enjoy being guided by professionally certified Zipline Guides, showing that safety is truly a priority.

Kohala Ziplines

Kohala Ziplines

Kohala Zipline uses a twin line cable system with two trolleys, one secured on the top line and one secured on the bottom line.  Each line is constructed of aircraft-grade galvanized steel and coated with a proprietary polymer blend that reduces line noise by more than 50%. Kohala Zipline is Hawaii’s only course to use WhisperLinesSM, which allows guests to hear the distinctive sounds of the forest rather than line noise.

“Our guests feel really safe and comfortable being able to utilize the customized ‘participant control system’ for braking rather then the typical gravity brake other operators employ. This improved system allows the riders to control speed and orientation, making them true participants in their adventure, not simply along for the ride,” says Rob Pacheco, co-founder of Kohala Zipline. And, like other state-of-the-art safety systems found throughout the adventure, the redundant guide operated braking system is always in place in the event the rider needs assistance coming to a safe and smooth stop.

Kohala Zipline

Kohala Zipline equipment

The Kohala Canopy Adventure takes guests from 8 years to 80 years old on a 3 hour adventure into a natural wonderland where riders are initiated with a short-course zipline that allows time for individual training in technique, proper positioning, hand braking and movement from platform to platform. As participants continue through the aerial course, ziplines increase in length and speed, ranging from about 110 feet to the memorable 1,100 foot course finale; a dual-rider, side-by-side zipline that stretches out over the Kohala Ditch flume some 75 feet below. By the time the rider’s feet are back on solid ground, nearly a mile will have passed underneath.

For more information or to book a Kohala Canopy Adventure call Kohala Zipline at 808-331-3620 or visit www.kohalazipline.com.

Next Stop TV Does the Big Island… Behind the Scenes

During the last week, travel adventurer John Olson and his television crew from Next Stop TV have been cruising around the Big Island filming places and adventures for their upcoming show that will be featuring The Big Island of Hawaii.

I don’t want to give away the whole show but yesterday I got to tag along with the camera crew and actually be on the show as they went on a waterfall hiking adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail.

Hawaii Forest and Trails Guide Rob Pacheco talks to John Olson as the camera crew films

We began the day on the Hamakua Coast and got shuttled up to our “hiking” locations in this six wheel pinzgauer.

Inside the Pinzgauer

We crossed streams and went off roading around the Kohala Mountains giving us quite the thrilling ride.

Literally in the bushes!

We stopped at waterfalls along the way while guide Pacheco talked to the camera crew and us about waterfalls and other folklore about the area.

Robert Pacheco talks to the Next Stop TV crew

We got the shortened version of Kohala Waterfalls Adventure tour which was pretty cool since I didn’t have to hike quite as far but still got to see lots of waterfalls and the camera crew didn’t have to hike around with all the heavy camera equipment.

Another waterfall

When I asked guide Pacheco about the names of the waterfalls he told me that there were so many waterfalls that they simply didn’t have names.

Another waterfall

It was a beautiful day and despite the fact that there hadn’t been much rain lately the waterfalls were still spectacular.

And another waterfall!

Some of the waterfalls had places that looked like you could just jump in and take a swim.

Swimming Hole?

And eventually a couple of the folks did jump in at one of the waterfalls.

Cooling off!

We are very lucky to live in Hawaii and have all these natural waterfalls!

Another Waterfall!

This particular Hawaii episode is scheduled to air locally on KHNL beginning April 30th after it’s been edited and will also be aired on the mainland and then also is being syndicated in certain parts of the country.

About Next Stop TV:

NEXT STOP is a new TV travel show featuring the places and the people that make each of our destinations unique. We’ll show you where to go, what to do and how to do it. Fun & positive entertainment is the theme of every show, fetauring local music, sports & activities, local flavors and much more. NEXT STOP not only takes you to fabulous places, but we’ll giv eyou an insider’s look into each of our featured locations.

The creative team that earned seven Emmy nominations for PDXposed uses their accumulated experites in the field of travel to bring you a positive travel experience that delivers the true essence and pulse of each locale. Join host and world travel expert Jon Olson as he takes you to amazing desitnations and introduces you to some of each region’s local residents who define that area’s personality and culture.

We’re not the news and we’re not your average travel show. We’ll take the best of our favorite shows and add our own fun and positive spin! NEXT STOP is your window to your next vacation!

Next Stop TV Host John Olson himself was a great guy and it will be interesting to see what footage they decide to use and what footage gets left on the table so to speak.

A bridge that's part of the Kohala Ditch

They finished shooting at this spot along the Hamakua Coast

The crew finishes shooting for the day

The segment and “hike” ended at a secluded lookout over the Hamakua Coast that was seriously one of the most impressive views of Hawaii I have seen in a long time!

Closing segment

I signed a release form that said they could use my voice and images on TV but I’m not too sure how much footage of me will actually make the broadcast but it will be interesting to see how the show turns out.

Behind the scenes

Hawaii Forest & Trail Honored as 2010 Rotary Club of Kona Business of the Year

Media Release:

Hawaii Forest & Trail was honored as the Rotary Club of Kona 2010 Business of the Year at their recent monthly membership meeting and luncheon.

Cindy and Rob Pacheco Accept the 2010 Rotary Club of Kona Business of the Year Award

The Rotary Club of Kona has been honoring local businesses in the West Hawaii community with quarterly awards for several years. The Business of The Year award recognizes recipients for their outstanding commitment to the community. This year, the service club decided to move from quarterly awards to honoring one business that aligned with its own dedication to community service as a source for hard work and a better life in the community.

This was the ride that took us out to Waipio Valley

The 2010 Business of the Year Award honored Hawaii Forest & Trail for its commitment to environmental education, creating a healthy workplace and for e hoomaluo (conserve our natural resources), a program within the company designed to support and inspire the conservation of Hawaii’s natural resources through corporate giving, stewardship and sustainable business practices.

Travel Writer John Fischer (About.Com) and Deston Nokes (www.destonnokes.com) hike Waipio Valley while Becky Ryan from Irondog Communications (www.irondogpr.com) follows up the pack

“This is an exciting time for Hawaii Forest & Trail. We inspire guests everyday on our guided nature tours. Through this inspiration, we turn guests into stakeholders in Hawaii and Hawaii Forest & Trail,”said Hawaii Forest & Trail President and Founder Rob Pacheco. “As we inspire others to conserve Hawaii’s rich natural and cultural resources, a deeper experience emerges for our visitors and community.”

Our guide Rob Pacheco tells us about Waipio Valley and the history of the valley

Hawaii Forest & Trail has received several awards including 2009 Rand McNally Best of the Road Editor’s pick, Hot Blue 100 List, and was a recent recipient of the Ecotour Operator of the Year Award by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association.

I take in one of the many waterfalls along the Waipio Rim hike

About Hawaii Forest & Trail

Hawaii Forest & Trail was founded and is operated by Rob and Cindy Pacheco, who share their passion and knowledge of Hawaii’s natural beauty with visitors from all over the world. Hawaii Forest & Trail’s vision is to inspire the conservation of Hawaii’s natural resources. Most recently, Hawaii Forest & Trail Hawaii launched their new company-wide conservation initiative entitled e hoomaluo (conserve our natural resources). The program mission is to support and inspire the conservation of Hawaii’s natural resources through corporate giving, stewardship and sustainable business practices.