What Can I Expect to see on the Hawaii Walks Walking tours?
During the any of the Hawaii Walks Walking tours, you will see a variety of local flora and fauna, both native and introduced. We will identify every bird that flies above you and every tree and plant that we pass. We will explain the arrival of different flora and fauna in context with the geological development of the Hawaiian islands. Please see our “Gallery” page to see examples of the kinds of plants, animals, and birds that we may encounter on the walk. Even during the History and Drinks walk, you will discover the history and nature of central Waikiki. The History and Drinks tour will also include information about local breweries and businesses.
do i have to reserve ahead of time?
Yes. Each tour has a 10-15 person maximum. Certain dates are blacked out. Please register ahead of time. Even though our times and locations are publicly posted does not mean we have space for folks who just show up!
What if it is raining?
All of our walks are rain or shine. We provide umbrellas in the case of rain. If the rain is too severe or there are other weather concerns, we will email you as soon as possible to let you know about the cancellation. Because weather in Hawai’i changes quickly, cancellations are sometimes last minute and made the morning of the tour. All tours cancelled due to weather will be refunded in full.
Are the Hawaii Walks walking tours physically demanding?
Our walks are all moderate in physical activity. The East Waikiki walking tour has flat terrain, a large bike path for strollers, and a moves at a leisurely pace. The History and Drinks tour follows a sidewalk through urban Waikiki on flat terrain. The Kawela Bay hike is mostly shaded and is our shortest route. The Kahuku Point hike is our longest and most physically demanding and guests should be in physical condition to walk briskly in the sun for 2.5-3 hours. We provide refreshments for the walk, including water and ice cream, but we do not recommend the walks for anyone with heart or lung problems, or issues with walking for more than one hour. However, our tours are inclusive of all physical abilities if we are contacted ahead of time and can make necessary arrangements. All customers must sign release form prior to participating to agree to the potential hazards of walking outdoors in the sun for two-three hours.
why aren’t your walks free?
Free walking tours are certainly a popular way to attract customers to attend your tour. However, you as a guest are still expected to tip for these tours, usually $20 or more! Hawai’i Walks has no gimmicks, and our per-person fee is clear and up-front. We believe a sustainable world starts with sustainably paid workers who are compensated for their knowledge and labor. Our guests also receive more time and goodies than any free walking tour guest. All Hawai’i Walks guests receive an Ice Cream, a Hawai’i Walks sticker, and a bird and history ID card with their walk–along with expert information from a local guide that goes deeper and covers more information than free walking tours. Put simply, you get what you pay for!
are your walks kid friendly?
Yes! We love kids of all ages, and kids 12 and under walk for free! There is nothing more magical than getting children excited about the natural world. There may be aspects of the tour that become technical at times, but we always make sure to engage young ones about why their relationship to the animals and land they see is important. However, if you have kids and want to leave them behind, ask us about affordable childcare options available in Waikiki.
who will be my tour guide?
Our tour guides all have lived in Hawai’i for a minimum of 10 years, have a masters degree or higher, and have all studied Hawaiian history and ecology from a de-colonial perspective. This means you can expect the most comprehensive and accurate information from Hawai’i Walks, without spin or candy-coating of information or facts as we know them. Our tour guides are trained educators who can impart information in engaging and exciting ways. We believe the strength of our tour guide’s knowledge is what will make your time with us distinctive, fun, and memorable.
Why does the History and Drinks tour say “coming soon?”
Currently, we have three tours available to book: The East Waikiki Walk, The Kawela Bay Sunset Walk, and the Kahuku Point Walk. The History and Drinks Tour will be live by the end of March. If you want to be notified when these tours become available, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens If I need to cancel?
We understand that things happen. We provide full refunds for any cancellation up to 24 hours before your registered tour. However, if you book through Get Your Guide, Tripadvisor, or another concierge, booking cancellations must go through those third parties. Email us at email@example.com if you encounter an issue.