Experience A Summer Culinary Farm and Forest Tour in Kona


Coming to Hawaii this summer? Experience a summer culinary farm and forest tour that is literally “off the beaten path”,  and take the opportunity to blend an “only in Hawaii” experience with tasty, tropical and locally sourced cuisine.  If you come, you will meet my good friends Norman Bezona and Greg Colden, both whom lead tours of their properties with such zeal and passion, you find yourself wanting to save a forest or plant a sustainable garden.

Hawaii Home Tours is offering tours this summer to both Norman’s and Greg’s properties in West Hawaii.

Hawaii Home Tours Culinary Day in the Clouds

If you have not yet visited the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary, located up off of Koloko Road to meet local  and world known, horticulturist Norman Bezona, here is your chance. Norm gives an incredibly passionate tour of his 20 acre preserve while showing you dozens of fern, bamboo and palm varieties. My favorite thing about the tour? Norm brings you to a special “energy” space, that looks into the old growth Ohia forest, and the sun comes through the trees and dances on the indigenous ferns. You feel transported to old Hawaii here.


Kona Cloud Forest entryway

Hawaii Home Tours offers you a chance to enjoy fresh brewed 100% Kona coffee, tropical fruits, and culinary delights in the Balinese inspired garden surrounding the “Welcome Center” in the cloud forest. I personally held a photo app training class here and all my students LOVED this space. Of course, they also loved Norm and the tour of the forest.

Lisa Christian, the owner of Hawaii Home Tours, can pick guests up from the Kona Coffee and Tea store in downtown Kona and bring you up to the forest, provide a locally sourced snack and meet you after your hike with a tasty array of tropical treats for lunch and dessert. She is offering this tour Friday July 18th, August 1st and August 15th.

Financial appreciation is $189 per person, 6 person minimum.

Coffee, Cacao and Clouds

Kona Natural Soap factory

Visit the “pod-style” home of the owners of the Kona Natural Soap Company and Kokoleka Lani farm and enjoy delectable island cuisine. Take a tour of the five acre cacao and coffee farm with co-owner, Greg Colden, another PASSIONATE land owner, farmer and entrepreneur. Greg leads the tour not just to educate about the cacao and coffee, but also to showcase his sustainable farming style, which includes 100 chickens, dozens of tropical plants and a truly amazing ecosystem of smart farming and energy conservation. You also get to see how his aromatic and seriously delectable organic soap is created. We enjoy his chocolate soap, which has cacao winnowings in the soap to act as exfoliants, and give it as a Hawaii-made gift to our friends.


Hawaii Home Tours leads you on a visit of the Kokoleka Lani farm, provides Kona coffee and breakfast, then takes you along a scenic byway to the Kona Cloud Forest Sanctuary to enjoy an island-style lunch in a picturesque Balinese garden. After lunch, enjoy a tour of the forest and learn about the incredible diversity and story of plants ranging from indigenous Hawaiian ferns and palms to the exotic Blue Marble tree.


Home Tours Hawaii menu

Tours are being held on Fridays: July 11th, July 25th, and August 8th. Financial appreciation is $189 per person, 6 person minimum.

You can make your reservations for the tours by calling  808-325-5772 or visit the site at Home Tours Hawaii. 

Please let Lisa know how you learned of the tours!

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Meet the Author

Julie Ziemelis

Julie Ziemelis is an entrepreneur, business owner, author, blogger and vlogger in Kailua Kona. She created and moderates the “365 Things to Do in Kona” page and the Kona Newbies group on Facebook. She blogs at 365Kona.com and MoveToHawaii365.com and vlogs with her husband, Eric, at “365Hawaii” on YouTube. Julie also authored the books, “How to Move to Kona” and the “Insiders Guide to Buying Real Estate on the Big Island of Hawaii”. You will most likely find Julie in Kona hiking, running, biking, taking photos and sharing Aloha.

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