The informative, historical and cultural tours at ‘Iole allow visitors to learn about our relationships with the places we live, how land supports people, and how people support the land.
Our agricultural and ecotourism tours focus on water usage and farming practices that display ‘Iole’s uniqueness: Kamehameha’s ‘auwai (pre-Western contact), Kohala ditch (plantation) and lateral tunnels (missionary era).
They also explore sustainability projects such as our aquaculture fishery, farms and agricultural practices, natural resource management and renewable energy systems. Other tours include a kauhale (Hawaiian living compound), a botanical garden with native plants for la‘au lapa‘au (medicinal plants), and sites significant in lei making and lauhala weaving.
‘Iole Ag Journey
The ‘Iole Ag Journey is Kohala Institute’s school field trip program, which is also available to other visiting groups of ten people or more. Participants are invited to embark on an educational adventure through the ‘Iole ahupua‘a that explores ways to live in harmony with the earth, with self, and with others. Visiting groups will learn about traditional and contemporary methods of sustainable agriculture on three farms all located on the same beautiful property. This tour is specifically designed for young people of all ages, their teachers and families. This interactive walking tour features:
- Hawaiian pre-contact sustainability practices at a historic lo’i kalo (wetland taro patch)
- An educational stroll through the largest organic macadamia nut orchard in the state of Hawai‘i
- Polynesian agroforestry and permaculture techniques
- Deepening appreciation of sense of place through Hawaiian mo’olelo (cultural history)
- Observation game scavenger hunt
- Connection with the natural environment as you walk from farm to farm on beautiful nature trails
Registration & Additional Information
Tours may be booked from 8am-4pm Monday-Friday for groups of 10 or more. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour is designed as a walking tour over uneven terrain; please wear appropriate footwear. The total distance covered is approximately 1 mile. Tours last approximately 2 hours. Rates vary depending on group size. Please contact us for rates for your group. Groups are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy it picnic-style on the lawn adjacent to the hale wa’a before or after the tour.
To schedule a tour, please contact us.