Kohala Canopy Adventure debuts with super-zipline
As if volcano viewing, nature tours, whale watching, hiking, scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, sport fishing, bicycling, tennis, golf and plain old DIY sightseeing weren’t enough, Big Island of Hawaii adds another activity when the first zipline experience takes off this month. I’ve ziplined elsewhere, and I love the idea of a thrilling aerial trek in Hawaii — especially on the Big Island. Hawaii Forest & Trail, with two decades of nature tours activities, has a new sister company that takes to the air to provide a thrilling ride, yet stays true to its core values and keeps this nature-based experience.
The new Kohala Canopy Adventure was intended to embrace the captivating beauty and history of Kohala’s Halawa Gulch, where a canopy course provides a a tree-to-tree experience that features five elevated suspension bridges, 14 high tree platforms, nine thrilling ziplines (eight single rider lines and one dual rider line) and two rappels. Adventure Playground, the canopy course builders who have done ziplines in Colorado and Costa Rica, installed platforms in towering century-old trees. The platforms and elevated sky bridges use lumber milled from trees on site with minimal impact to the forest, with as little distrubance as possible. Zipline riders absorb the beauty of a meandering stream, ancient taro fields and the forest floor below.
For anyone concerned about safety, the 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 andcoated 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 riders to hear the distinctive sounds of the forest rather than line whine.
The cost is $159 per adult and $129 per child. Book online, Email info@kohalazipline or call 800-464-1993 or 808-331-3620.