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Hawai’i Forest & Trail Expanding Operations

December 16, 2014, 8:07 AM HST
* Updated December 16, 8:09 AM
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Hawai’i Forest & Trail founders Rob Pacheco and Cindy Pacheco have begun blazing new trails with heritage and adventure tours based out of Hilo.

After putting effort into research on the demographics of Hilo visitors, as well as engaging with visitor industry, Hawai’i Forest & Trail made the decision to expand its 21-year operation and pair its Hilo tour operation together with Big Island Trading Company.

“We’ve been tracking Hilo’s visitor marketplace and perceive increased demand for our guided experiences. Major capital investments in renovating hotel accommodations and direct United Airlines flight service have added to Hilo’s economic vibrancy. Hilo’s authenticity and its unique nexus of culture and nature makes for an excellent match with Hawai’i Forest & Trail tours,” explained Rob Pacheco.

Kea Keolanui, the Hilo Operations Supervisor, has come on board with a new fleet of tour vehicles and interpretive guides who are training to meet Hawai’i Forest & Trail’s tour standards.

Guides with Hawai’i Forest & Trail have strong backgrounds in biology, geology, Hawaiian history, and extensive natural field experience.

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For two decades, Hawai’i Forest & Trail has developed long-term partnerships with private landowners to provide access to places with wild and previously inaccessible ecosystems. The company is one of the few tour companies that allow access to private lands and controlled access to state and federal wildlife refuges.

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The new tour offerings including Hilo Tropical Wonders, Maunakea Voyage, and Volcano Country.

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