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“Wonderful!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of North Shore EcoTours

North Shore EcoTours
66-250 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712
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Ranked #27 of 47 Activities in Haleiwa
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: North Shore EcoTours represents the best in nature and Hawaiian cultural tours that is 100% local. Our hiking and pinzgauer 4x4 off-road adventures allow you a unique way to tour unspoiled private lands for an experience all your own. Small tour groups allow you to gain tremendous insight into the cultural traditions of Hawaiʻi from real Hawaiian Educators and alaka'i (guides).
Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Wonderful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

This was the highlight of a week long first time trip to Hawaii! Great guide and a wonderful experience. Learned so much about culture, history, language, and the natural beauty of Hawaii!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Great, Authentic Hike with Keola!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

This tour and Keola was awesome! Not only did we all have a fabulous time being in the jungle, amongst all of the koa, waiawi (delicious strawberry guava) and ʻiliahi (sandalwood) [I think, my memory is really bad, lol], but it also felt like one of the most culturally authentic experiences I've had to date! Keola really knows his stuff, from the chant he does in the beginning, to all of the fascinating tidbits he brings up along the way. It is also absolutely wonderful that the hike is on private land so we didn't see a single soul on the trail. In comparison to the business of town and most other trails out there, the serene stillness of these trails are truly a breath of fresh air. The hike itself was good, not too easy but definitely not overly difficult (though I am kind of an avid hiker). However, it did pour on us, so be prepared for a little bit of muddy terrain and water along the way. Though it rained, it was a hot day so it did wonders to cool us off along the trail. At the very end of it, Keoki (the chef) had prepared us a nice little lunch of different light items he put together, including delicious pineapple, yummy sandwhiches, and all of the chips you could dream of. Thanks so much guys, it was definitely a blast!

Visited October 2013
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Reno, Nevada
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“Great hike and informative staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Signed up to do their "big" hike, which is about 3 miles round trip along a stream south east of Haleiwa, sort of near the new wind mills. The tour company has an exclusive arrangement with the property owner, so we didn't see anyone else while hiking. Keola, the tour leader, also teaches Hawaiian studies at the university, so he was a wealth of information on the history of the area, and pointed out many of the tree and plant species during the hike. Although my timing was off and it wasn't prime season for fruiting trees, Keola managed to find one tangerine (mandarins for you fellow Californians) as well as a few guavas to snack on during the trip. Wear shoes with a good tread and plan on getting wet and muddy as you will be fording streams. The hike included lunch, which in my case were some tasty Vietnamese spring rolls with shrimp.

Visited May 2013
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waimanalo
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“North Shore (Waialua) Tour with Keola”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

This tour was fabulous! We enjoyed a scenic (and sometimes scary) hike through the Waialua mountainside. We trekked through lots of strawberry guava trees, saw ohi'a lehua, koa, and even iliahi (sandalwood) trees! Be prepared to get wet because we crossed over streams and even had the opportunity to swim at the end of the trail. Keola provided a thorough overview of the history of the area and the adverse impact of one crop (sugar cane) farming. He answered all the questions posed, and did a wonderful job meeting the needs of everyone on the tour.

Visited October 2012
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Austin, Texas, United States
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“Hiking with Keole”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

I signed up for the Big Adventure hike with North Shore EcoTours, and it was awesome! Keole is an incredible guide, not only of the local plants but also of Hawaii's history and just a fun guy to talk to. The hike was strenuous and beautiful- definitely what I was looking for- a real get away from Waikiki. We ate fresh guava, mountain apple, and red strawberry guava, and were treated to incredible views of Oahu's mountains & valleys.
The best part though was chatting and learning about Hawaii's history, the story with statehood, the culture, its present day relationship to America, Native rights- definitely subjects you don't normally cover on a tour! Plus, the company is Hawaiian owned so your dollars are staying on the islands.
Overall, I recommend touring with North Shore EcoTours whole-heartedly!

Visited July 2012
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