Monday, June 30, 2008

Going Native

From teasing monkeys at the zoo to trying to touch the whale at the Bishop Museum, field trips were great because they were a trip – the education part you merely tolerated.

Today though, doing something cool and actually learning something new is the fun part. So next vacation, take visiting family or friends on one of Warren Costa’s personalized Big Island tours. But don’t think “tour,” which is the type of experience Costa works hard to set his company apart from.

Instead think a fun, off-the-beaten-path excursion with just you, yours, and Hilo-native Costa, whose diverse job history – from www.leichic.compark ranger to school teacher – has him well versed in ecology, Hawaiian culture, medicinal plants, mythology, archaeology, and history.

Costa shows you things and takes you places other tours never could, often on unpublished routes. Like hiking up Wailuku River to a collection of waterfalls, then on to Puna’s steam caves, and breaking for a provided picnic lunch at the coast before traversing the lava flow via an oft-overlooked ancient footpath.

More than sightseeing, Costa’s tours connect you with the land you walk upon, ensuring you fully understand and are part of everything you see and do.

What a trip.

(No parental permission slip required.)

Contact Warren at Native Guide Hawai‘i , HC 2 Box 6908, Keaau, 808.982.7575, or

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2008 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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