Saturday, July 7, 2012
Another Hawaii first at Kualoa Ranch
Nestled along the mountains and stretching to the ocean on the Northeastern side of O’ahu is a place of amazing beauty, rich in history, and can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. This place is Kualoa Ranch. It was established in 1850 and is a 4,000 acre working cattle ranch. Even if you’ve never been to Hawaii, you may recognize it because Hollywood movies such as Jurassic Park, Pearl Harbor, Godzilla, 50 First Dates and many more have been filmed here. Old and new television shows such as Magnum P.I., Hawaii Five 0 and Lost have also made this place famous. The ranch offers tours of the area, so you can see exactly where famous movie stars walked. I have never taken the tour, but, I did get to see this area by running a 5k last April. Each year, Kaaawa Elementary hosts the race as a fundraiser. Several of my friends and I did it because we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get in a run in such a beautiful place and help a local school. Xterra also hosts trail runs twice a year on the property. Those are in December and July. The July one was this morning, but I skipped it because last year I tripped over a tree branch and just did not want to take the chance of falling this year. If you are going to do any race on Hawaii, one at Kualoa Ranch is the one to do because the views are breathtaking. Besides the Hollywood tour, the ranch offers many other recreational activities, including horseback tours, ATV tours, Jungle Expedition Tour, Ocean Voyaging Tour and Legends and Legacy Tour. The only one I have ever been on is the ATV tour. I did this tour 10 years ago, and it was a lot of fun. You can’t go rough riding, though. You have to stay in a group with a guide. I’ve also sailed in a catamaran to Secret Island Beach also on the ranch’s property. Here you will find an ancient fish pond and can learn about Hawaii’s aquaculture. In this picture, you can see the location of the beach as we made our way there.