HONOLULU, HI (March 5, 2014) – Visitors who attend the final chapter of Discover Kualoa will have the opportunity to partake in the most tours and hikes ever offered at a “Discover” event before. On Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Discover Kualoa will be sprawled across beautiful Ahupua‘a Kualoa; its theme focusing on traditional and modern Hawaiian song and dance. The tours will supplement the festival’s connection between the people and the land, including the Paliku Exploration Walk, Petting Zoo and Animal Tour, Legends and Legacy Tour, Discover Kualoa Hike, and the Movie Site and Ranch Tour.
The Petting Zoo and Animal Tour will take parents and children to the Kualoa Keiki Pavilion where they will have a special meet-and-greet with friendly animal friends. Coco Puff the Cow, Princess the Pig and other animals will be on display for keiki to feed and pet—this is a special opportunity for children to learn about the Ranch and the different animals living there.
The Discover Kualoa Hike will begin at Paliku and take guests to a beautiful lookout that oversees the Ancient Hawaiian Fishpond and has a direct view of Mokuli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat). On this guided hike, guests will also learn about the ahupua‘a system, native plants and hear mo‘olelo (stories) of the ahupua‘a of Kualoa and Hakipu‘u.
The Paliku Exploration Walk will allow guests to take a leisurely, self-guided tour, set up to explore anytime during the event. Along the walk, which will resemble a scavenger hunt, will be artifacts and landmarks for attendees to look for.
Two of the five tours—the Legends and Legacy Tour, and Movie Site and Ranch Tour—are part of Kualoa Ranch’s repertoire offered throughout the year. The first takes guests across the lush foothills of Kualoa Ranch to the wahi pana (sacred place) of Paliku, located on the base of the grand Kualoa Mountains. The second showcases the many picture-perfect sites around the Ranch, focusing on areas used for filming Hollywood productions, including Jurassic Park, Godzilla, 50 First Dates, Lost, and Hawaii Five-0.
Presale general admission tickets ($5+tax for adults, $3+tax for children) are available online at http://www.kualoa.com/discover-kualoa/. At the door, tickets are $7+tax for adults, $5+tax for children. Kualoa Ranch also offers an exclusive “Discover Kualoa Experience Pass,” which grants attendees access to all of the event-only tours mentioned above. Admission to individual tours may also be purchased at the door.
This three month-long Makahiki festival kicked off in January. The final Discover Kualoa will remember the story of Kualoa through Hawaiian song and dance. Each event is held on different parts of the ranch: January in Ahupua’a Hakipu’u, February in Ahupua’a Ka’a’awa and March in Ahupua’a Kualoa.
Discover Kualoa, sponsored by Hawaii Gas and First Hawaiian Bank, is part of a larger campaign of events known as “Discover Our Islands” that was launched to recognize and honor Hawaii’s unique culture. Neighborhoods across the sate – including Kakaako, North Shore, Waikiki and Maui – hold similar events throughout the year, recognizing the unique characteristics and features of each area.