- 278 Ratings
Kohala Na'alapa Stables Horseback Tour in Waimea
Saddle up for a horseback ride led by experienced paniolos or Hawaiian cowboys. Follow their lead as you trot and canter through the Kohala Mountains, the oldest of the five volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii.
What You Will Do
- Discover the beauty of Kahua Ranch, which is nestled in the Kohala Mountains and encompasses 12,000 acres of rolling hills and green pastures
- Enjoy panoramic views of snowcapped mountains, sprawling coastline, stately cinder cones and lush pastures dotted with grazing sheep and cattle
- Have the opportunity to trot and cantor during select parts of the tour on a well-trained horse that suits your riding ability
- Learn how modern day paniolos adapt traditional ranchhand skills passed down over generations, to fit the needs of today
- 1.5 hour guided horseback tour
All participants must sign a waiver. Age minimum is eight years old, and the weight limit is 230 pounds.
Please remember to wear long pants, sunscreen, covered shoes (like sneakers) and to bring a bottle of water. Participants should be in good physical health. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women, the elderly or people with limiting physical disabilities.
Full refund for cancellations made 24 hours in advance of your trip. Tours canceled without 24 hours notice will be subject to a 100% charge for the tour.
- 278 Ratings
I am so glad I went! The horses were so healthy, well-trained, and beautiful. The guides were super helpful and friendly, and made the entire experience so wonderful. Will return again if I visit the big island again!
The women did a great job on education and telling us the history of the ranch. If you don't like head to tail riding this is a great location and allow galloping the horse in designated areas.
It was a great trial ride for my partner...first time he had ever been on a horse. For those who wanted to canter, there was a chance a few times to pick up the pace. But the big plus...the scenery. Wow, what a view. Jackie and Dariann(sp?) were excellent guides and very thorough. Just remember, this is still a trail ride facility. Don’t expect to run the Kentucky derby when you go for your ride. Besides, the ground off the trailed paths was quite spongy in places. Not good running grounds. Thanks Naalapa Stables!
Excellent tour. Friendly guides, safe but forward horses. Loved the fact that we were able to ride in open order and not nose to tail. Great opportunities to canter too.
Land was spectacular! Jackie and Darian were charming and informative. Time we were out was perfect. Thanks for a great experience
Awesome ride. Awesome guides!!!
Very friendly & knowledgable staff, gorgeous horses & amazing scenery! A great experience
Amazing experience! Our guides were great with the kids and us adults. Would definitely do this again on a return trip to the Big Island.
It was an unforgettable experience. I had the best horse and the staff were great and very informative. The ranch is beautiful and I’ve been raving about this experience to everyone already. It is a must do and I sure will be back again!! I cannot wait to be back with other people to experience this again. Thank you!!
We had a great visit. Staff was very pleasant and it made for a great tour. Our kids loved the horses and it turned out to be one of the highlights on a memorable trip.
As an advanced rider, it was great to find a place to ride that wasn't nose to tail. There were a variety of places along the ride that the wranglers allowed horses to trot and canter (depending on how comfortable each guest was to do so). Some walked, some trotted and some cantered, it was a very tailored ride to each rider. The views can't be beat - ocean, green grass, horses and cattle!
Darien was an amazing guide - made us feel very comfortable and eased any anxiety we had, and was very knowledgable and friendly. The property was beautiful and we had a really great time!
Jackie was outstanding! She demonstrated a love of the horses and her job! We learned so much about the Big Island!
Our experience at Naapapa was fabulous! They did an excellent job of matching up the horses with rider skill level. We had lots of fun with the horses, walking and even galloping a bit! They took us on a beautiful ride with fantastic views. highly recommend !
The guide was terrific and the horses lovely and well cared for. It is a beautiful setting and we had a wonderful morning on our ride.
Guide was great!! She had awesome stories about the area and the ranch and really made us feel like family not tourists. Got to canter and see the ranch in operation, even some wild pigs. Thanks and we will return.
My kids enjoyed the scenic ride as well as the trotting and cantering. Jackie and Darian when great hostesses. Jackie was energetic and positive while Darian was informative and caring. We would love to do this again when we come back to the big island. Thanks again.
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