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Address: 12-5038 Kalapana-Kapoho Rd, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
Phone Number: +1 808-936-0456
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Proud pioneers as Hawaii's FIRST LAVA TOUR COMPANY, we HIKE & BOAT...

Proud pioneers as Hawaii's FIRST LAVA TOUR COMPANY, we HIKE & BOAT to WHALES, secret WATERFALLS, hot lava up-close, volcanic craters, rare birds, lava tubes, water-caved caves, & tropical valleys. OUR MISSION is to perpetuate Hawaiian CULTURE by sharing unwritten cultural details and hidden Hawaii. Your Native Hawaiian tour guide ONLY takes you to Hawaii's most unattainable & unknown areas that very few locals even know exist.

WHALE sightings are 99% success and are accompanied by WATERFALLS only accessible by boat along Hawaii's most tropical coastline in Hilo. Or hike or boat with us to HOT LAVA in our devastated hometown of Kalapana, now buried under the volcanic eruption. LA TIMES features our event, "Commemorate Kalapana,"

*WHY choose KCT: Our well-rounded Native Hawaiian owned and operated team is made of our family who are professional musicians of Hawaiian music with performances worldwide, practice Hawaiian fishing and hunting the Old Hawaiian way, multilingual, hold Bachelor of Arts & Masters Degrees in Hawaiian Studies, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology, Masters Degrees in Tropical Conservation Biology, PhDs in Geology and will show you that ALOHA is more than a greeting--ALOHA is our WAY OF LIFE.

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Highly Recommended Lava Tour!

We had an excellent time with at Kalapana Cultural Tours. We saw many different locations of lava flow, learned about Hawaii, volcano's, and the Hawaiian culture. This was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Eric G
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We had an excellent time with at Kalapana Cultural Tours. We saw many different locations of lava flow, learned about Hawaii, volcano's, and the Hawaiian culture. This was a significant part of our vacation and possibly my favorite.

2 Thank Eric G
Vienna, Austria
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Highly recommended. Knowledgeable guides, great experience to see the lava dropping into the sea and very close from land. The lava is on private land and this company is managed by the family members. Other tours are not allowed to go there (but some do illegaly, apparently). There's a lot of Information shared by the guides and they are really... More 

5 Thank gabyne
Richmond, Michigan
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This is one hot tour, literally. This is about a 6 or 7 hour tour/hike. It started off about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The length depends on where the lava is flowing, it changes from time to time. We started off with a very nice afternoon hike. Your walking on hardened lava the whole time, it's a rough surface,... More 

6 Thank shawn s
San Jose, California
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

we took a hike with them to the lava fields.Its a 5 miles+ round trip hike.The views and sights of lava offered were remarkable and was a experience to remember.We walked literally 5 feet close to slow moving lava.Our guide was knowledgeable and nice guy.

1 Thank amitpatil8888
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

We took this tour January 27th, 2014 - two great young men took us on a boat tour, explaining the history of the area, showing us lots of waterfalls and geological features and then we went whale watching. A humpback calf made a breaching show for 10 minutes at least! We did see a few other whales in the area... More 

1 Thank travelhopes
Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Recently visited the big Island, Hilo, and the absolute best part of our visit was the whale watching tour with Kalapana cultural tours. The owner, our captain, is a native Hawaiian along with his crew members. This tour was not only wonderful for the whale sightings and the extraordinary effort made to give us the best experience, it was great... More 

1 Thank Cathy A
Chamisal, New Mexico, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Charming tour guides willingly shared history, culture and nature knowledge with 4 young seniors. They were attentive and concerned for our comfort which we very much appreciated as we were all wondering if we would have any sea sickness issues. We didn't. The water swells were thrilling, not bumpy. Best of all they found the whales-lots of them. Even though... More 

Thank Marie Coté T
Kalapana_CT, Manager at Kalapana Cultural Tours, responded to this review

We have 99% positive whale sightings so I'm happy to hear they were tail-slapping and echoing for you folks! The waterfalls and dolphins are truly amazing as well! Mahalo for joining us! More 

Newton, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We spent Christmas eve morning with KCT on a tour up the coast north of Hilo. Extremely enjoyable trip. The guides pointed out many interesting sites and we were able to get a view that I had never seen , in my 8 trips to the big island. Safety was always primary in the guides mind as evidenced by the... More 

Thank David W
Kalapana_CT, Owner at Kalapana Cultural Tours, responded to this review

I am happy to hear we provided you totally different sights even though you've been here 8 times! All of our tours visit places that tourists cannot frequent alone. I'm confident that next time you visit we can do the same! Aloha! More 

Thetis Island, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

KCT took us on a magical boat tour up the Hamakua Coast. It was like going back in time: seeing waterfalls set deep in the jungled cliff-sides, old sugar cane mills, hearing stories of the history and culture of the coastline, and all the while seeing whales and dolphins playing in the surf. The guides were so competent on the... More 

Thank Caitlin F
Kalapana_CT, Owner at Kalapana Cultural Tours, responded to this review

I am glad to hear your trip was safe, "took you back in time," and the value was well worth the cost. We strive for a unique experience that is impossible to get without our guides and tour program. Aloha! More 

boise, id
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Easy but hot hike over recent lava fields. Guide was great. Got within a few feet of the lava! One of best excursions I've ever done. Seeing lava flow into the ocean was awesome.

1 Thank thegdr
Kalapana_CT, Owner at Kalapana Cultural Tours, responded to this review

Mahalo for joining us to visit hot lava and we are happy to hear that it was one of the best trips ever! Aloha! More 

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