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Selma De Anda, Education Specialist Office of TRIO Programs, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Thank you so much for your time and the amazing tour of Hawaiʻi that you gave our ETS Scholars yesterday. Can you also thank the rest of your staff and the pilots from us…
Julie Morikawa, President of ClimbHI
Thank you so much! That was amazing, and so wonderful of your team to put on such an educational event.
Ala Kahakai, “trail by the sea”, is a geographically, historically, and culturally significant series of trails used by ancient Hawaiians to navigate the rugged terrain. Join us to traverse the entire coastline of Hawaiʻi Island by air. See dramatic waterfalls, breathtaking valleys, active volcanoes and craters, spectacular coastlines, and amazing green, black, and white sand beaches. We leave 15 minutes for questions, so that students can get answers from the two hosts, one of whom is a pilot.
Witness the destruction and creation of land. This educational experience includes footage shot by award-winning videographers of the historic 2018 Kīlauea Volcano eruption as well as present-day footage of the volcano, live narration provided by our two hosts, including one pilot who’s flown over the active eruptions.
Mick & Ann Kalber have documented the eruptions of Kīlauea, the world’s most active volcano, for over 30 years. They have covered live sports and created highlights or background videos for events in the U.S. and around the world for ESPN, such as Hawai’i’s Ironman World Championship Triathlon and the NFL Pro Bowl. They also provide news media coverage for journalism giant, Reuters, including critical events such as Chinese President Jiang Zimen’s arrival to Honolulu.
Bruce Omori is an international award-winning photographer and photojournalist who has been honored with the Windland Smith Rice Award twice so far in his career. His images have been featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and the Natural History Museum in London. Bruce’s images have been published in just about every major newspaper and magazine across the globe. Bruce operates his photography business, Extreme Exposure, which has a fine art gallery located in downtown Hilo that is a must-see.
Jack Lockwood is a celebrated volcanologist and author of over 140 scientific articles and abstracts. Jack is a Registered Geologist (CPG-9806) with over twenty-five years of full-time work in geology and volcanology. His work has provided him with a wealth of personal experience and knowledge of most volcanic areas of the world. He has particular expertise in the assessment of geologic hazards and risks. Jack is relied upon by the U.S. government to provide accurate hazard information for long-range planning and reduction of geologic risk. For example, he has helped design lava flow diversion structures for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Andrew Richard Hara is a professional photographer born and raised in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. During the recent massive eruption of Kīlauea on the Big Island, Andrew was onsite day in and day out documenting the destruction and beauty of this historical event. He received his formal training from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Among Andrew's many clients are National Geographic Society, NASA, Department of Defense, Vanity Fair, BBC, Time Magazine, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, W. M. Keck Observatory, and the Akaka Foundation for Tropical Forests.
Portrait by: Rebecca Pang
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96745
The Kona region of the Island of Hawai'i was where Hawaiian royalty, or ali'i, vacationed. In the 1800s, Hulihe'e Palace in downtown Kona hosted many reigning monarchs. You can still visit it today in person, or view it from the air on one of our Kona tours.Learn More
Hawaiʻi is the only U.S. state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
In 1986, Hawai‘i lawmakers passed the “Aloha Spirit” law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, section 5-7.5) that outlines the expectations that people will be kind, work together, agreeable, humble, and patient.Learn More
It bears small red strawberry guava fruits about 1.25" in diameter that are delicious and much sweeter than their larger, yellow regular guava cousins. Two of our tours land in a guava forest in Kohala which has many of these trees, Kona: Kohala Coast Waterfalls & Remote Hike and Waimea: Doors-Off Kohala Waterfalls & Hike.Learn More