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The weather along the Kohala Coast can be unpredictable. As a rugged truck shuttles a small group of trekkers up into a dense jungle, mist appears on the windshield. The pair of guides don’t seem phased by it, as if it is just a part of their morning commute. As everyone piles out of the vehicle at the beginning of the ziplining course, the Hawaiian sun is nowhere to be seen.
It’s no surprise that the rain jackets, provided by Kohala Zipline, come in handy. As a steadier rain begins to coat the tree tops of Halawa, the enthusiasm doesn’t leave anyone’s sight as the guides begin to attach harnesses onto the ziplining course.
At Kohala Zipline, one of the most popular ziplining courses throughout the island, adventurers will bear the brunt of a few rain clouds to experience an exhilarating adventure, swinging from tree to tree. For the next three hours, it’s all about soaring through the leaves and branches in the sky, whether the rain likes it or not.
The Kohala Zipline’s Kohala Canopy Adventure is an adventure high above ground in the lush vegetation of Halawa, located in the heart of the Kohala Coast. An expertly constructed ziplining course is laid out for thrill seekers, giving them the opportunity to zipline across nine different lines that vary in length and height.
The energetic guides give everyone a lesson in appropriate ways to zipline, including braking methods, before sending the participants out there for a go. There’s no time to be scared of heights as an adrenaline rush kicks in at the moment of stepping off the first platform.
From one treetop to the next, people are able to experience the rush of excitement and feel the breeze of air as they soar over and in between plump trees. Along with the ziplines, there are also five suspension bridges and two rappel stations throughout the course. It is designed in a way to give adventurers an interactive combination of zipling, as well as hiking through the dense terrain.
While energetic guides are there to help all along the way, their expertise and positive attitudes make the ziplining course that much more fun. As the group travels through the course together, the guides point out local vegetation and if the season is right, you can sample some of the Hawaiian Island’s tropical fruits straight from the ground. As locals themselves, they know stories behind the Kohala environment and take pride in showing highlights of their surroundings to all participants.
The construction of the Kohala Ziplining course was designed with the environment as a priority, while still giving people a fun and exciting experience. Eucalyptus lumber was used as materials throughout the course, which come directly from the site. Elements such as the suspension bridges and platforms at each end of the ziplines were created from this eucalyptus lumber.
Kohala Zipline made sure to get the specific knowledge of arborists to determine the health of the trees at the beginning of construction, as well as check up on them as time goes on. The safety of all participants are an extreme priority as well. Kohala Zipline utilizes unique double lines, giving a 100% redundancy.
There are no other ziplining companies throughout the state of Hawaii to implement this type of safety feature. They are also the only operating company in Hawaii to use Whisper Lines, which reduces the amount of corrosion over time and makes for a quieter zip across the canopy. Participants also have more control over their rides, as they can control the speed and brakes of ziplining on their own. With highly trained staff and state of the art equipment, Kohala Zipline maintains an equally safe and exciting course.
After varying ziplines, suspension bridges, and a snack in between, side by side ziplines finish up the course, where a pair of zipliners are able to race each other to the finishing treetop.
Regardless of the Hawaiian rain filling up the sky, this one last exhilarating zipline is a highlight of them all, as the ride lasts longer than any of the previous ones. When your feet touch the ending treetop, a certain wave of satisfaction comes over you much like the adrenaline rush that has occurred for the past few hours, you’ve actually completed a ziplining course.
With one last rappel down from the treetop to solid ground, the rugged truck is waiting to usher you back to Kohala Zipline’s main office in town, where surely, the skies clear up to a sundrenched day. But high atop the Kohala canopies, the rain didn’t put a damper on anyone’s ziplining experience. If anything, it made it that much more memorable.
Kohala Zipline provides guests with all the necessary equipment, including safety harnesses, gloves, rain jackets, and helmets. The company only requires two things from guests, that they wear appropriate closed toe shoes and meet the weight requirements to participate in the ziplining course. For more information on reserving your spot in an upcoming Kohala Zipline’s Kohala Canopy Adventure, visit Kohala Zipline.
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