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Botanical World Adventures Wins Awards

Two popular local attractions have been recognized by frequent travelers and readers of a prominent magazine. In a “Best Hawaii Island Botanical Gardens” category and in a “Best Hawaii Island Zipline Company” category, readers selected the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls and the Zip Isle Zipline as runners up. The adventure attractions at Botanical World Adventures won the awards in HAWAI’I Magazine’s 5th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, just announced by the magazine.

“The magazine does not provide a list of choices for awards, so readers choose businesses based on their recall of their experiences,” explained Kika Nixon, Operations Manager at Botanical World Adventures. “This makes the honor of our selection even greater.”

In addition to the lush flower gardens, waterfalls, hiking trails and the zip line tours; visitors seek out Botanical World Adventures for the unique Segway rainforest tours and the world class permanent jungle maze, added the Operations Manager.

Botanical World Adventures is located 16 miles north of Hilo at mile marker 16 on Highway19. Additional information is available by calling (808) 963-5427; (toll free: 888-947-4753), and on the web at www.ZipIsle.com or BotanicalWorld.com

Ziplining at World Botanical Gardens with Dave Haggen!!!

Last weekend I had the opportunity to go Ziplining at the World Botanical Gardens Zip Isle.

Not only did I have an opportunity to go… I had the opportunity to go with a friend, Dave Haggen, that I had not seen in many years.  This was truly special for me beyond words can even speak or what I can even really blog about and I really want to say thanks to those involved.

Mahalo to the folks at World Botanical Gardens and Zip Isle for providing this experience for me and Dave.

We started out the day by checking in at the World Botanical Gardens check-in kiosk.

After that they lead us down a short path to a place where they debriefed us on what we were about to take part in.

After the debriefing, we boarded a bus and headed up to the zipline adventure site.

We arrived at our destination and then we began our tour of 8 Ziplines.

Most of the Ziplines were about 400 – 500 feet as they spanned this valley of trees and jungles and a river bed.

I enjoyed this experience spending time with my friend who I hadn’t seen for a long time.

There is a lot to be told about the whole story… but I’ll keep that between Dave and I as I was just stoked to see him for the first time in a long time.

I was able to catch this video of him riding on the 2nd longest dual zipline on the Big Island… I can’t believe I’m not fat enough to have this zipline carry me all the way to the end like it did him!

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I think it’s pretty cool Big Island residents and tourist have so many cool new things popping up and around us!

Dave and I also got to go on the Umauma Ziplines that are close to the WBG ones as well.  I’ll be blogging about that closer to their opening.

Still waiting to see if some hang gliding company will pop up around here.

Big Island to Get Zip Line Adventure Ride

Media Release:

New Zip Line Attraction is Underway at World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls.

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Construction on the Big Island starts this week on Zip Isle, a new zip line adventure ride allowing riders to fly through the rainforest canopy on long cables. The zip line features five zip lines and one suspension bridge, and is being put up on a small portion of the 275 acres at the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls, 16 miles north of Hilo.

“Special anchoring poles just arrived at the Gardens and a special Hawaiian blessing will take place on October 9,” said Ken Francik, chairman of the board for World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls (WBG). “We are very excited to add this eco-adventure to our beautiful other garden attractions,” he added.

Zip Isle zip line is scheduled to open in mid-November, according to Mark Robinson, Marketing Director for WBG. Engineering documents done by Engineering Partners, Inc. of Hilo were completed and building permits secured from the County of Hawaii in July.

Construction of Zip Isle is being handled by the Zip Line/Canopy Tours Division of Experience Based Learning (EBL), Rockford, IL. EBL has been pivotal in the creation of zip line industry standards with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and is the only company in the United States accredited with the Professional Ropes Course Association.

Zip Isle begins with shorter zip line rides of 150 to 450 feet and proceeds through the rainforest canopy to a final zip line over 1,500 feet, according to Robinson. The lines, platforms and suspension bridges linking the zip lines range from ground level to about 100 feet in height.

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“Along with safe excitement, our top priority for Zip Isle is to be an environmental leader on the Big Island,” said Dr. Lanny Neel, Garden Director at World Botanical Gardens and Ph.D. of Botany. “Being a botanical garden and repository for endangered plant species, the environment is extremely important to all of us. We carefully chose a zip line construction – attachment method using utility poles to ensure preservation of the forest beauty.”

“Our guests will not only enjoy the adventure ride of a lifetime, they will experience a beautiful environmental classroom with all the magnificent beauty that Hawaii offers,” Dr. Neel added.

The Zip Isle attraction is located at about the 1,300 foot level, at the base of Mauna Kea, and about 1/2 mile from the World Botanical Gardens Visitor Center. The total adventure takes only a little over two hours and includes safety training and special electric transport from the Gardens to the Zip Isle start.

Admission for the Zip Isle ride is $87, with a significant discount for Kama’aina, according to Robinson and Dr. Neel.Additional information and schedules are available at www.ZipIsle.com Reservations are being taken now, and on-line reservation is encouraged. Reservations may also be made through the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls visitor center, at888-ZipIsle (947-4753), or locally (808) 963-5427. A grand opening will take place in November.

Board Chairman Ken Francik emphasized that a complete Hawaiian family experience in one location is enhanced by the Zip Isle attraction. Other attractions at the World Botanical Gardens & Waterfalls include Umauma Falls, acclaimed as Hawaii’s most beautiful waterfall; a maze second in size in Hawaii only to the Dole¨ Maze (the largest maze in the world); over 5,000 species of flowers and plants; a 10-acre arboretum; guided tours and lunch with horticultural expert Dr. Neel; and self-guided tours on easy, level walks through natural rainforest all await the visitor to the World Botanical Gardens &

Waterfalls. Cost for adults for the Gardens/Umauma Falls is $13.00, again with  significantly discounted rates for Kama’aina and lower rates for teens and children. Complete information and numerous photos are on-line at www.wbgi.com

Zip Isle and the Gardens are open daily, from 9:00 – 5:30.