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Goat With The Flow!

Pāhoa, United States

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Experience hosted by Julie

3 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet at the trailhead for our hike. I will share with you "The Kipuka Kao Project" story and goals as we choose tools and plants for land & Hawaiian Canoe plant restoration projects within old lava flows.
We will have a goat "get-to-know" session where you will hear a little history about how goats came to Hawaii, learn about goat packing, and how to handle pack goats on the trail. We will saddle up the goats, go over the trail reminders and begin our hike.

Then we are OFF TO THE LAVA FLOW! Through grasslands and forest, we hike to a hardened lava field and traverse to a hidden kipuka, an oasis within the lava. We will spend time at the kipuka in work and repose, restoring land as well as our own: mind, body & spirit. The goats carry our tools and eat the invasive species, we replant and repopulate the kipuka with ancient Hawaiian canoe plants: food and medicine.
During our visit, we will make time for working, relaxing, snacking and some exploration.

IN CASE OF POOR WEATHER/TORRENTIAL RAINS (drizzles ok) HIKE WILL BE CANCELLED OR RESCHEDULED

7pm-10pm slots are SUNSET/FULL MOON HIKES: (Goats optional & weather permitting)
STARGAZING & CAMPING OPPORTUNITIES: INQUIRE
Other things to note
Facilities are limited, please plan accordingly.
Composting toilet at my farm, NO FACILITIES ON HIKE.
Be prepared for rain. Be prepared for sun.
Rugged, sometimes hazardous terrain.
We will meet at the trailhead for our hike. I will share with you "The Kipuka Kao Project" story and goals as we choose tools and plants for land & Hawaiian Canoe plant restoration projects within old lava flows.
We will have a goat "get-to-know" session where you will hear a little history about how goats came to Hawaii, learn about goat packing, and how to handle pack goats on the trail. We will saddle up the goats, go over the trail remin…

Julie's commitment to safety

This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.
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What's included

  • Food
    fresh local fruit & veg
  • Drinks
    water, other
  • Equipment
    goats, packs, umbrella
From $88
/ person
No dates available

Meet your host, Julie

Host on Airbnb since 2012
  • 12 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Aloha! I'm Julie, full time mom, farmer & goat-herd. I've been working w goats for over 20 years in Utah, California and now, Hawaii. Since I moved to Hawaii, I have been raising pack goats on my off-grid, permaculture homestead in Puna District. I have socialized & trained my goats to be friendly hiking companions and helpful pack animals. We hike local lava flows and actively participate in invasive species removal and canoe plant propagation. I am passionate about Goats & Land Stewardship. I give tours of my unique rainforest farm and nearby hardened lava flows.
www.goatwiththeflow.com
Aloha! I'm Julie, full time mom, farmer & goat-herd. I've been working w goats for over 20 years in Utah, California and now, Hawaii. Since I moved to Hawaii, I have been raising pack goats on my off-grid, permaculture homestead in Puna District. I have socialized & trained my goats to be friendly hiking companions and helpful pack animals. We hike local lava flows and actively participate in invasive species removal and canoe plant propagation. I am passionate about Goats & Land Stewardship. I…
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Where you'll be

We will hike the 2014-2015 Lava Flow to a "hidden" kipuka.
Unique and pristine scenery, ocean views across stark, black lava, this is a unique opportunity to "give back to the land" in an environmentally & culturally sensitive restoration project while hiking with pack goats.
*THERE IS NO ACTIVELY FLOWING LAVA ANYWHERE ON BIG ISLAND AT THIS TIME*

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Emma
May 2019
Amazing tour with Julie!! The goats carried our snacks and hammocks, and we had an awesome little hike and picnic. Great energy. We learned a lot and had yummy food and good conversation along the way. Recommend to anyone who likes nature and goats (and good food!)
Amazing tour with Julie!! The goats carried our snacks and hammocks, and we had an awesome little hike and picnic. Great energy. We learned a lot and had yummy food and good conver…
Kelly
May 2019
The hike was so much fun! The goats were so entertaining and it was really interesting walking on the relatively new lava field. I would recommend wearing long pants, since the first part of the hike is through tall grass. We had a little picnic with some of Julie's delicious homemade food and some local treats. My favorite part was the close interaction with the goats. Highly recommend if you're looking for a unique experience in Hawaii!
The hike was so much fun! The goats were so entertaining and it was really interesting walking on the relatively new lava field. I would recommend wearing long pants, since the fir…
Nikki
May 2019
Totally recommend the goat hike! Julie was very communicative and accommodating even before embarking on the hike. She leads you through some tall foliage with the goats and to the lava fields and was very knowledgeable about the area. You could see she really is passionate about reintroducing native plant species to the area & her goats. The hike itself was easy to do, the goats were a great time, and her snacks were amazing!
Totally recommend the goat hike! Julie was very communicative and accommodating even before embarking on the hike. She leads you through some tall foliage with the goats and to the…
Eric
April 2019
A truly unique experience of hiking to recent lava flow with goats, guided by a local resident who is passionate about the island.
Jon
March 2019
This is a great, unique experience and I can't recommend it enough. Julie is very knowledgeable and passionate about the land, nature, her farm and her animals, and helping to educate people and broaden their perspectives. This is an experience unlike any you're likely to get on your own and a chance to give back. The goats are interesting and a lot of fun and Julie provides some unique and wonderful snacks. So get away from those resorts and tours and spend a few hours with Julie and her goats!
This is a great, unique experience and I can't recommend it enough. Julie is very knowledgeable and passionate about the land, nature, her farm and her animals, and helping to edu…
Kat
February 2019
This was SO fun! It’s more of a walk than a hike, so if you’re looking for something strenuous probably not for you. It was a lovely walk out to the lava field which was amazing. Julie knows so much about the area and specifically about goats. I loved learning more about The Big Island and it’s history as well as about goats! It was such a unique experience, laid back and fun but full of knowledge and great photo opportunities! Definitely recommend if you enjoy the outdoors and animals. And cool people!
This was SO fun! It’s more of a walk than a hike, so if you’re looking for something strenuous probably not for you. It was a lovely walk out to the lava field which was amazing. J…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

backpack, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, hiking shoes, pants, water, snacks or sack lunch