Jeep Trips

Our annual wreath-making Jeep Trip

Our annual wreath-making Jeep Trip

Traversing pathways of yesteryear

The Kona Historical Society Jeep Trip is a special program which allows access to historic and remote parts of Hawaii Island where ecological, archaeological, architectural and other elements of each region are discussed with KHS member patrons. Depending on the location of the trip, there are sometimes also performances, craft making, music, reforestation or other projects that become part of the special day with a small group of like minded people wanting a deeper understanding of the history and natural features of the land. Some of the Kona Historical Society Jeep Trips in previous years have gone to Kealapuali, an old sheep station on Palani Ranch; Mana Road, an old wagon road that winds its way between Waimea and the Saddle area; and Waiahukini, a former fishing village in the Kau district which shows evidence of habitation from the earliest period of settlement of Hawaii to modern times. Close to 200 of these trips have transpired over 4 decades with destinations that have ranged from the significant and sacred to stunningly beautiful. This is a very special member benefit.

4-WD vehicles are not provided by Kona Historical Society; Members provide their own 4-WD transportation unless the trip is supported by one of its partners, such as Hawaii Forest and Trail. To find out when our next jeep trip is scheduled check our events calendar or to sign up for the next scheduled one go to our online store.

Coming up in 2017…

  • A trip to the district of Kau where we will learn about the Ahupuaa of Waiohinu. Our circular visit to the lands of Kamilo, Kaalualu and Ka Lae Pt. will provide a remote visit to the most southern tip of Hawaii island.
  • A visit to the ‘Furrowed Hill’ of Puuwaawaa where we will hear about its storied land and its self-sustaining people. This visit will also include a hike that will share the awareness of the future of the Puu and a service project at the end of the trip.
  • A rare opportunity will take us to McCandless Ranch, visiting some of the most pristine and intact endemic flora and fauna on the slopes of Mauna Loa. Visitors will witness the progressive bird sanctuary, reach the pinnacle of 5800 ft. elevation, and maybe even witness ‘wild cattle’ along the way.
  • A trip “up mauka” to Papaloa for our annual wreath making trip.
  • “Each trip is a one-of-a-kind and yesterdays excursion was no
    different.  I never tire of hearing Billy’s stories and song.  And the music….such fun!  Alan is quite a composer, historian and lovely soul.  All in all…a great day!”
    ~a recent jeep trip participant