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excellent events for the entire family and student
groups visiting the Garden Island for the first
time. Learn about the various tour options below,
then visit Kauai Nature Tours web site for current
details & offerings. Simply click on their TEOK
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|Kauai Nature Tours offers educational excursions to many unique areas on the garden island. Their tours offer the opportunity to get intimate with the amazing environments on this isolated mountain island. All tours are led by knowledgeable guides with outdoor experience in the Hawaiian Islands and your specific hiking location. You will journey to the trail-head by a 12-passenger van, receive a delicious lunch, snacks, refreshments, bottled water and additional hiking gear like a backpack. Hikes emphasize safety and education; however, the trips always turn out to be adventures in nature as well.|
Waimea Canyon Explorer ~ Mountain Forest Explorer
Take a walk into Kauai's geologic past and experience Mark Twain's "Grand Canyon of the Pacific".
|Behold what the
first people to these islands saw in the upland
forests of Kokee - tall Ohia trees twisting through
mists into the sky, adorned with their scarlet lehua
blossoms - scores of koa trees, with their
sickle-shaped phyllodes dangling from branch tips.
Emerge at Waimea Canyon’s rim to stunning iron-rich,
red cliffs that plunge 2,500 feet to where the Waimea
River winds its way to the sea along a 12-mile long
chasm. Your naturalist guide explains it all to you -
the geology of Kauai, the plate tectonic history of
the entire Hawaiian archipelago, botanical history,
cultural sites, Hawaiian myths and more. Dine al
fresco in a secluded spot with a panorama on one hand
of the Alakai Swamp - a flat, mountain-top bog - and
on the other, a postcard picture perfect Waimea Canyon
Na Pali Hiking Adventure
Two miles into Hanakapiai Valley along the unforgettably scenic trail originally built by Kauai's early Polynesian settlers.
|Prepare for a
visual feast of soaring, jungly-green pinnacles rising
from black lava cliffs, all backdropped by sapphire,
teal or turquoise seas, depending on the mood of the
Pacific. This is Na Pali, the crowning coast of Kauai.
Cliffs composed of thousands of ancient lava flows
rise up over 2,500 feet and extend along 13 miles of
some of the most rugged coastline in the world. As
your knowledgeable guide leads you safely along the
historic Kalalau Trail, you will learn about Na Pali’s
geologic origin, the stories of Kauai’s native plants
and animals, and of its cultural past. Coastal
valleys, such as Hanakapiai, were settled by some of
the island’s early human occupants over 700 years ago.
As you hike up valley to its 300-ft waterfall, you
will pass archaeological remains of their settlements.
Prepare yourself for a paradise of discovery - visual
treats, geological catastrophe, botanical struggles,
and human exploitation.
Sleeping Giant Mountain Excursion
Stroll through one of Kauai's most native botanical settings at the island's beautiful mountain top.
|This diverse 4.5
mile point to point traverse over Sleeping Giant
(Nounou) Mountain is a surprisingly rich learning
adventure. Trek through dense forests of native and
exotic plants to a grassy picnic site near the
1,250-ft summit for panoramic views of the entire
eastern half of the island. Focusing on Mt. Waialeale
- one of the planet's rainiest places - learn how
Kauai's geologic history controls its climate and its
unique ecosystems. Once, the Wailua River region was
the home of Kauai’s ruling chiefs. Now, archaeological
remains of the Wailua Heiau Complex (shrines and
ceremonial sites) provide an excellent site to discuss
the island’s ancient history.
MAHA‘ULEPU COAST Nature Walk
written in lava rock, and natural history treasures
eroding out of ancient lithified sand dunes while on
this leisurely south shore walk. You’ll experience
blessings of island sun and refreshing Trade Winds as
history unfolds before your eyes and at your feet. In
addition to evidence of the stages of the island’s
volcanic growth over the past 5 million years, you’ll
see the record of numerous Pleistocene sea level
changes over the past 350,000 years. Enter a sinkhole
where unearthed fossil-filled sediments reveal a
10,000 year-old scenario of Mahaulepu’s native plants
and animals, through fossil pollen, bones and more.
See evidence of the impact by humans on the region
over the past 1,000+ years. Plus, Green Sea Turtles,
Spinner Dolphins, Monk Seals and Humpback Whales can
be viewed along the coast most of the year.
Uplands Volcano - Mountain Forest Trek
Custom Adventure & Specialty Tours
|Prepare for an exciting experience in the wild of Kauai. Their custom adventure packages are catered to you. They are ready to get started when you are and prepared to end when you wish to. Depending on your hiking abilities, they can offer a variety of excursions to the back country. These hikes are usually more challenging and require more experience in the outdoors. The areas you will go to are usually muddy, rainy and rocky, but they are always places that blow-your-hair-back, so to speak. Selection of destinations may take you through bamboo forests, into mountains with countless waterfalls, along ridges with breathtaking scenery, or to gorgeous beach areas. If you are interested, please contact us about your preferences.|
|Ellen Coulombereceived a Masters Degree in plant science and genetics from Virginia Tech University in 1987. Her graduate research work involved the use of plant tissue culture for the isolation of stress-tolerant species. She then worked for several years in the commercial seed industry improving, through breeding and selection, the yield and agronomic characteristics of major mainland crops. Since moving to Kauai in 1995 she has been involved in the preservation of native tropical plants, donating her time to the Natural Resource Conservation Program, a state funded program focused on the elimination of invasive weedy species from Hawaii’s forests. Between expeditions for TEOK Tours, Ellen works as an interpreter and plant specialist for Olu Pua Gardens, a privately owned botanical garden. But her special interest is in evolution, one of the hottest areas of scientific research today. Fortunately, the islands of Hawaii are a natural laboratory for the study of plant and animal speciation.|
|Robert Siemersis an artist with a keen interest in natural systems. He possesses Bachelor of Art degrees in Physical Geography and Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado in Boulder and the University of Wollongong in Australia. Interested in conservation and the natural sciences, Robert strives to expand his knowledge of our surrounding environment and incorporate his findings into visual presentations that expand consciousness and promotes awareness. As an explorer, hiker, kayaker and photographer, he has become intimately familiar with the many trails and adventures on Kauai. He has a great passion for the scenic and environmental diversity found in the Hawaiian Archipelago. As a cartographer and graphic designere, he has contributed maps, books and signage programs to further enhance the appreciation and respect for our fragile island ecosystems.|
"Kauai's Geologic History" by Chuck Blay & Robert Siemers
ISBN 0-9744723-0-1 Available at Borders Book Store on Kauai (Copyright © 2004)
You may also purchase it directly from Chuck or Robert @ 808 742-8305. Tell them Lilikoi said Aloha :)
Atlas" by Robert Siemers (Copyright © 2004)
Call 808 742-8305 or email: Chuck Blay for Kauai Nature Tours reservations today!
included in the trip price?
Who will be guiding the trip? Guides are naturalists, scientists (Geologists and Botanists), and art historians, teachers authors, photographers, cartographers, and environmentalists with extensive background studying the Hawaiian Archipelago. They share their knowledge generously, ensuring that your trip is an extraordinary adventure.
What should I bring? If you have a favorite day pack, bring it! Please don't forget SUNSCREEN. Depending on which hike you choose, a swim suit is a good idea, but not necessary. Certainly, a CAMERA and extra film would be a fine addition. A hat and sunglasses are good ideas as well.
GROUP SIZE? By design, our groups are kept small. We hike with groups ranging from one person to ten people.
FOOTWEAR ? We recommend that you wear comfortable, yet sturdy shoes. RUNNING-SHOES are OK, but hiking boots are the best thing you could wear. Something that can provide additional ankle support. We realize that boots take up a large portion of your suitcase, however, if you own HIKING-BOOTS and plan on hiking while visiting the island, we believe that HIKING-BOOTS are the way to go!
LUNCH ? - Lunch - Their lunches are first rate. Sandwiches are catered by the DALI Deli in Old Koloa Town. They use only fresh ingredients. If you have any dietary requirements or are a vegetarian, they will do their best to suit your needs. Also included are: Drinks - Bottled water, Tropical Fruit Drinks, Sodas ~ Snacks - Granola Bars, Fruit, Cookies, Chips.
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