Hawaii Forest & Trail
We could have said, “Rob Pacheco gazes at stars for a living.” Or, “Rob Pacheco studies birds for a living.” In fact, he does all of those things, and thousands of Hawai‘i visitors are the better for it.
When Pacheco arrived on the Big Island in 1990 to take a job as a beekeeper, the Northern California native did not know he would settle in Hawai‘i permanently. “I would go to school, travel, go broke, and go back to school. This was just another adventure along the way.”
Fate would change the course of Pacheco’s life. “First, I met my wife in Kona. Then on a Friday night after work I parked my Dodge Aspen station wagon at a Wailuku River trailhead. I got lost. I hiked to a fence line, found a road and 40 minutes later a pickup truck pulls up and the driver says, ‘What are you doing on my property?’” That turned out to be the proverbial “lucky break.” The owner of the property, Freddy Nobriga, was the first person to allow Pacheco to conduct hiking tours on private property.
Fast forward almost 30 years, and Hawaii Forest & Trail’s mission to “share Hawai‘i’s beauty and foster a deep connection between people and nature” has hiked over to O‘ahu. Their Farm to Forest Experience takes visitors from sea to mountain in a farm to forest adventure.
“On our Honolulu Heights Tour, guests learn about the island’s volcanic past at ancient eruptive sites,” says Pacheco. “The Birds and Wildlife of Oahu adventure allows our guests to discover native wildlife along the beach up to a forest reserve.”
Hawaii Forest & Trail’s newest “Sunset on the Ridge” tour is a photographer’s dream with access to restricted Pālehua. A moderate hike takes you to sweeping views of O‘ahu’s west side.
Hike with people who hike for a living. Waikīkī and Ko Olina pick ups are available.
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