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Hawai’i Forest & Trail Grows into New Kona Headquarters

July 2, 2015, 1:06 PM HST
* Updated July 2, 1:11 PM
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Hawai’i Forest and Trail has nestled into a new home, located in the Kaloko Industrail Park.

Kipuka Place, the company’s new headquarters, embodies the vision of Rob and Cindy Pacheco, founders of the company in 1993.

“Showcasing Hawai’i’s unique ecosystems has been a design lead throughout our new headquarters. It’s a move we think expands our commitment to present an immediate connection from the moment our guests arrive for one of our adventures,” Rob Pacheco, President of Hawai’i Forest and Trail said. “Our growth has been so exciting and this expansion is critical to serving our guests and sharing our mission.”

The new building is surrounded by native plantings with a walking path that provides visitors the experience of viewing the sprouted from a lava field.  Within the new building, the design includes innovation displays and retail products that pertain to the variety of adventures the company offers.

Now headquartered in a 5,400 square-foot building, the location will also house its administrative offices and fleet maintenance operations.

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Aside from tours, the company will offer community educational lectures on natural history and conservation, as well as guide accreditation within the doors of its new home.

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The second floor will house Hawai’i Forest & Trail’s corporate philanthropy program, E Ho’omalu, meaning to conserve or manage wisely. Kim Loper heads the program that provides educational programs for Hawai’i Forest & Trail guides and associates.

“Our emphasis is to keep history, culture, and environmental lessons top of mind with employees and guest. Kipuka Place is our cornerstone, housing our operational needs and guest experiences, as we work to continue to preserve, maintain and enhance our island home,” Pacheco said.

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