Kohala Zipline

Phone (808) 331-3620
5 stars from 5 reviews
Address 55-515 Hawi Road, Hawi, HI 96719
Zip line thrills in north Kohala on the Big Island.

• General: Discount: Kama'aina • General: Educational
• General: Equipment Sales • Hiking: Hiking
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Nature Walk
• Sightseeing: Great Views • Sightseeing: Waterfalls
• Vehicle Activities: Off Roading • Flying Activities: Zipline

About Kohala Zipline
Kohala Zipline was founded in 2011 by Rob and Cindy Pacheco, owners and operators of Hawaii Forest & Trail. With more than 20 years experience in the tour industry, Rob and Cindy set out to build a canopy tour that would provide a completely unique experience from other ziplines in Hawaii. To design and construct the course they hired Bonsai Designs, one of the largest and most experienced zipline and canopy tour builders in the nation. No expense was spared, from top-of-the line safety systems to design elements that maximize the guest experience. From these beginnings, our goal has always remained the same: to operate a world-class canopy tour for Hawaii Island, and we are proud to say that we do.
Full Description
Ziplines are a downright fun and exciting. Kohala Zipline is unique in that the entire tour is in a forest of trees.

After getting checked in and signing waivers, we were given a safety briefing to make certain we were all up for the challenge. There were 9 of us on our tour, and all were pumped up about our adventure. Our tour guides took the time to fit us with harnesses and helmets. We were advised not to have any valuables in our pockets and to leave them at the front desk. We were allowed to bring our cameras. Some of the helmets had GoPro head mounts for that unique point of view angle.

We boarded a tarped all terrain 4-wheel drive vehicle and headed up the mountain to the ziplines. Once at the ziplines, our guides made certain we were listening to them and asked us not to use our cameras on the first couple of ziplines until we had the hang of it. Kohala's Ziplines require the rider to "brake" with their hands as they approach each platform. It took me 2 rides to get the hang of it ( I kept using 2 hands to brake which is a no-no). The two guides were patient and made sure we felt safe and comfortable before we got on each zipline.

The scenery was beautiful. It's important to take a look around while zipping. We rode from platform to platform, which are secured about midway up each tree. We didn't set foot on solid ground until our snack break between zipline 5 and 6. We replenished with an assortment of goodies including macadamia nuts, fruit snacks, granola bars, and water.

Each zipline was progressively longer than the previous. The speeds also increased as well ranging from 5 mph to 45 mph. On some of the rides, we crossed streams and lush tropical growth. Our guides would ham it up for us by spinning or leaning back on rides to boast their zip skills.

On a couple of ziplines, there were swinging rope bridges you have to walk across to get to the next platform. It was a little scary but also fun.

The last zipline had dual lines, where you can ride down side by side with another person. I took a great video of my friend as I followed beside her down the line. On the last platform, we rappelled down the ground on a rope pulley system. It was a kick.

The 4-wheel vehicle was waiting for us at the end the bottom of the last platform and took us back to the office where we started from. It took about 3 hours. Zip through the trees in the zip line canopy tour located in north Kohala on the Big Island.

The main zip line tour consists of 9 zip lines and runs around $130 for kids and $170 for adults.

If you want more adventure then check out the Kohala Zip & Dip tour which runs about $250 per person (8 and up). This takes you on the same 9-course zip line then you rappel down at the end, do some very short hiking, see waterfalls, and then finish with a dip in a mountain stream.

Mitchell L
Joined: Jan 2018
Reviews: 11
Likes Received: 3
We did this a while back now but it was such a thrill. Our first ever zipline experience and I can't wait to do it again.
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 168
Likes Received: 4
I love ziplining. I love the sensation of soaring in the sky. Kohala Zipline is special because we rode from tree to tree and stayed above the ground on all ziplines except for 1. I felt like Tarzan in the jungle.

We would zip from one platform high on a tree to a lower platform on another tree. As I looked around, everything seemed to be built well. Not that I’m a professional inspector, but everything felt sturdy and new. We were attached to a safety harness at all times during the activity. While waiting for my turn to zip down, it was fun to lean back on the platform's edge and look up at at the treetops knowing I was securely attached to the safety line.

Our guides Chris and Katie were excellent. They were professional, patient, and entertaining. They must go through 60+ hours of training to be certified canopy guides, and once a month they need to pass a test. I knew we were in good hands once they told us that.

There were 9 of us in the group with different experience levels. Chris and Katie made sure we understood how to brake with our hand to slow down as we approached the platform. Katie hooked us up and prepared us on the upper platform, while Chris would get ready to catch us as we glided in on the lower one. Katie was very understanding of our comfort levels and didn’t rush us.

In addition to the nine ziplines, there were five suspension bridges we crossed. It was a little scary but fun. Our guide Chris walked backward on the bridges without holding on to anything. It was pretty impressive since he could slip through the slats. Our friend was afraid of movement on the bridge, so Katie kept the others off so she could cross alone. That was well appreciated by our friend.

This was my third zipline experience and it was a lot of fun. The Big Island offers several zipline tours, and you really can't go wrong with any of them. But what makes the experience unique is the quality of the guides, sense of safety, and beautiful scenery. With Kohala Zipline, I got all that and more. I loved every minute of it!
Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
What a fun adventure. I've tried other ziplines, but I've never been on a tour that kept us up in the trees just about the entire time. The emphasis on safety was paramount. Both of our guides made us feel confident and explained the procedures clearly. Also, each ride had 2 lines attached to the same trolley, which I had never seen before. In the extremely rare event where one of the lines snapped, the other line was there to prevent a disaster. It was an exhilarating, fun experience and I highly recommend it.
Pauly A
Joined: Dec 2014
Reviews: 3
Likes Received: 1
I'm not a fan of heights and not a fan of speed, so I'm giving Kohala Zipline 5 stars because Katie (and Chris) took such good care of me on my first zipline experience. Getting strapped into our harnesses, being fitted for helmet and gloves were all done very professionally and competently. Katie was really tuned in to our group's different abilities, and both she and Chris were incredibly patient. And the fact that the scheduled tour after ours was cancelled due to high winds shows that safety is their number one priority. The course is checked daily prior to the first tour. We were given clear instructions and practice on a short course before being allowed on the longer and longer lines (9 in total).

The course is set up through a beautiful canopy. We crossed streams and walked across several suspension bridges (again, thank you Katie!). Taking photos was not just accommodated, but encouraged, and the scenery truly was spectacular.

We enjoyed a snack midway through the course which gave everyone a chance to talk about what a good time we were having. And mahalo(!) Kawika (who drove us from check in to course site) for picking guava for me after hearing my excitement on seeing so many on our ride.

Bottom line: we were well taken care of, the scenery was beautiful, and the course lots of fun for all levels!
Consensus Guy
Joined: Jul 2013
Reviews: 11148
Likes Received: 27
The Internet has spoken and seems to love Kohala Zipline. Nothing but positive comments and virtually all 5 star ratings from hundreds of reviews.

Lots of comments on how much fun the tour is and how great, friendly, and accommodating the staff are.
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