Hawaii Forest & Trail

New Millennium Visions Come True For 2 Big Island Businesses

by Les Drent

Who would have ever guessed that a children's naturalist program started in May of 1993 by Rob Pacheco would have grown into one of Hawaii's premier tour operations by the turn of the century.

Perhaps it was the marketing genius of Rob's wife Cindy that first saw glimpses of a bright future. For Rob there certainly had to be plenty of time for visions as he drove community children to and from the natural sights of the Big Island. And perhaps it was from these same children that he first saw and realized a potential for sharing these same natural wonders with their adult counterparts.

Rob & Cindy Pachecco comfortably suited for their new public location on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy. in Kailua-Kona. photo credit: Andrew Nisbet

While it is difficult to match the words with the struggle of what it took to grow this business from a single Suburban led children's program to a 5 van, 20 employee, 8 adventure tour operation in only 6 years it may be the public's fascination for where Hawaii Forest & Trail is taking them that has grabbed people's imagination.

Now hosting a 2,000 square foot office, warehouse, retail location on Queen Kaahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona, Rob and Cindy focus on maintaining the objectives of their business through their individual tour guides. This focus continues to be one that provides an in depth education about the natural history of Hawaii. And with that focus in mind for the 21st century the best is yet to come not only for Hawaii Forest and Trail but Hawaii as well. Way to go Rob & Cindy! Phone: (808) 331-8505

Hawaii Forest and Trail
74-5035B Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Toll free: 800 464-1993
Local: 808 331-8505
Fax: 808 331-8704
E-Mail: info@hawaii-forest.com
Website: www.hawaii-forest.com

Birdwatching Adventures RainForest and DryForest Adventure Full Day Come along as we explore two rare habitats, the cloudmist kipuka rainforest on Mauna Loa and the sub-alpine dry forest of Puu Laau on Mauna Kea. Here are two places that represent Hawaii before human contact; places where plants and birds found nowhere else on earth reveal the evolutionary epic of the islands. Don't miss this outstanding opportunity to witness Hawaii's native birds and forests. Target species include: Nene, Palila, Akiapolaau, Amakihi, Apapane, Hawaii Creeper, Iiwi, Elepaio, Omao, Io and Pueo. 11 hours roundtrip from our Headquarters in Kona. Available weekdays only. Rated Easy to Moderate Ages 8 & Up.


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