Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Big Island of Hawaii - Kohala Flume Adventure

During our visit to the Big Island in October 2011, we signed up for the Kohala Ditch Adventures. The word "ditch" isn't glamorous but the "ecoventure" was unique! From the website (at this link):

Over a century ago, the Kohala Ditch Trail was used to channel ground and stream water to a local sugar cane plantation on the Big Island. The "ditch" moves millions of gallons of water ever year and is over 17 miles in length. 

Now it is a tourist ecoventure!

Our leader described the landscape.

Hubby wore the "miner's light".
David sat in the middle.

The light was necessary for the tunnels. 

Japanese immigrants, who built the ditches,
left their "marks" on the tunnel walls.

We rode back in a four wheel buggy!

Have you participated in any "ecoventures"? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.


Kim in Hawaii

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  1. Aloha Kim :). I never participated in any ecoventure before . I wish one day I can join any ecoventure :). Aretha zHen

  2. Never have participated in anything like that before.

  3. I haven't been on any ecoventures, but I would love to someday. It seems like so much fun.

  4. Unfortunately I haven't participated in any ecoventures, but it sure sounds exciting.

  5. I have never participated in an eco adventure but I have been white water rafting. It is so much fun.

  6. I saw this on a travel show! looks like a lot of fun.

  7. What an interesting outing. I'm not sure I'd call them ecoventures, but I've visited several wild animal parks and preserves. It's always nice to see protected animals able to live in natural habitats.

  8. No, I haven't participated in an eco adventures. It does sound like fun!

  9. I'm with LSUReader, nothing that was an ecoventure but wild animal parks in FL (where a giraffe almost got me with his tongue through our sun roof - darn they have long ones lol) and one in Disney World's Animal Park. I enjoyed your pics.


  10. I don't think I've been on an actual eco-adventure, but I've been white water rafting several times. I've really enjoyed the rafting trips...the scenery is beautiful and the rapids are fun.

  11. Noi have-not greatbpics thanks

  12. I haven't participated in any eco-adventures, but it sounds like fun.

  13. wow.. looks so fund, i never participated in any eco-advencture before ;(

  14. Your ecoventure looks & sounds like it was a lot of fun. I've never participated in one, but hope I get the chance to someday - you're never too old, right??

  15. Given my lack of comfort with swimming...I doubt that I'd go on one of these trips but it sure looks like fun and awe-inspiring.

  16. I never have Kim. But your ecoventure looks like it was a lot of fun. Greta pictures also.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  17. i would never be home if i live in such a beautiful place :)


  18. Never done something like that before

  19. I was there in 2000 and had a blast! riding through the dark tunnels were amazing! but the best part is the outdoor flumes (made of wood - high above the trees and through the lush forest) that connect the tunnels and skim the waterfalls along the mountain side is breathtaking!!! Wil never ever forget this experience. I highly recommend it to everyone that visits the Big Island. Swimming skills not necessary as the water is only knee to waist high throughout the entire water trail.