First of all, if you don't read anything more - don't worry, it's fun, safe and you'll have a great time!
My family (2 adults, 2 older teens) made the trek to Hawi on the northern tip of the island to do our first zipline tour. From Kailuna-Kona, the trip was almost one-and-a-half hours. The ride there is mostly boring, but there are a couple of pull-offs you can do for some nice sights.
The tour directions were wrong from the website, so make sure that you call them just to be sure (they said they had been having problems with their own site). The original directions told us that their sign-in location was actually within Hawi, but it was not. After calling them, we got new directions to continue outside of Hawi, continuing east on 270 a couple of miles outside of town. Once there, you come upon a small building where you sign in. I was a bit unsure about things, given that the location was in the middle of pretty much nowhere, but all went well with the check-in process. The greeters were very nice and helpful. Make sure you do a preventative bathroom break here - unfortunately only porta-potties though.
When you sign in, you will get weighed. This is a bit disconcerting for some I am sure, but there is a weight limit and I am sure you don't want to be over that!
My son had done some smaller lines before, but this was his first big one. My wife was extremely nervous about the whole thing, but persevered partly due to our great guides - Jay and Ash. Jay was the crazy one, very outgoing and fun. Ash was more reserved, but very calming.
You get into the van after getting your gear, and make a short trip through some mac nut trees and end up looking at a fairly simple stand - looking a bit like a hangman's platform! The first zipline is very simple and is a great start for those who might be a bit nervous, which my wife was!
Following this, you go through six more ziplines and a crazy rope bridge. The bridge was the thing that probably made me the most nervous. Not because it seemed dangerous at all, but the plank you walk across is narrow and I was only thinking "stay balanced" and made myself kind of nuts. I never thought it was dangerous because we were strapped and connected to the line above the bridge, but I thought I would still get off-balance and/or get my feet messed up in the bridge planks flanking the main one. More scared of being embarrassed more than anything else. Fortunately, I made it fine and my wife actually did it much faster than I did!
Near the end, you stop for a small break at the 5th zipline (I think) and have some fruit, nuts, and banana bread with drinks (local fruit soft drinks) or water.
Unfortunately, the tour goes so fast and before you know it, you are making the last zipline trip thinking "Wow, I wish there were more still to go!" Even my wife, so scared before we started, was whooping it up and riding with no hands on the 5th or 6th line! Both my kids were doing flips and riding upside down on the ziplines! It was a total blast!
Again, I want to thank Jay and Ash for making the trip even more fun and enjoyable!!
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