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KapohoKine Adventures Collects Donations for Food Basket

June 1, 2017, 9:45 AM HST (Updated June 1, 2017, 9:48 AM)
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KapohoKine Adventures photo of Hawai‘i Food Basket collection bins. Photo credit: KapohoKine Adventures

KapohoKine Adventures on the Big Island has completed its final count of food donations collected over Memorial Day Weekend during its annual Kamaaina Appreciation Weekend.

The generosity of Hawai‘i island’s kama‘āina has allowed KapohoKine Adventures to donate more than 500 pounds of non-perishable food to The Food Basket, Hawai‘i Island’s Food Bank.

For the 8th year, the employees of KapohoKine Adventures spent Memorial Day Weekend showing its appreciation to locals by giving away more than 250 free zips. What started as an offer of free ziplining with a canned food donation to the first 50 in line each day ended up with KapohoKine Adventures extending the day, taking every single person in line.

This year, the weekend celebration expanded beyond ziplining to include a two-day, free family festival outside of the Grand Naniloa Hilo hotel with free kayak and paddleboard use at Hilo Bay, face painting, henna tattoos, a huge water slide and bouncy house, live music, entertainment, games and food.

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“Many of our local families are unable to afford ziplining even at the steepest discount,” said Tony DeLellis, co-owner of KapohoKine Adventures. “We want to give residents a chance to experience what’s in our own backyard, and take pride in the fact that it is our natural surroundings that draw so many visitors to the island.”

About KapohoKine Adventures
Celebrating 12 years, KapohoKine Adventures on the island of Hawai‘i conducts expeditions in the surrounding areas of Kona, Hilo and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park by Wilderness First Aid and Park Service certified guides. Tours are conducted in a new fleet of fuel efficient 2015 and 2016 Ford Transit Vans. Zipline tours are operated through partners at Zipline Through Paradise, which features the longest riding tandem line on the island. KapohoKine Adventures is dedicated to using sustainable tourism to preserve and protect open space and legacy farm holdings. For 2014-16, KapohoKine Adventures is one of only seven tour operators on the island of Hawai‘i to receive Sustainable Tourism Certification by the Hawaii Ecotourism Association. KapohoKine Adventures holds a TripAdvisor “Hall of Fame Certificate of Excellence” and is a recent recipient of the STEP Bronze Certification from Sustainable Travel International. Call (808) 964-1000 for more information.

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