Island Activities

Derek is available before your trip by email and phone.

[email protected]

With 28 years as a guide and 13 years here on the Big Island Derek posseses a passion for activities fit for young children, to high adrenalin adventures and romantic ideas for couples celebrating a milestone.

He leads walks and fitness hikes and has even come up with quirky group activities for friends and families bonding  and traveling together.

Co-create a half day, a full day or your whole stay by discussing what you want to get out of your time spent here in Hawaii and Puakea Ranch.

He can be booked for private guiding, massage, on-site archery or even a guided familiarization of the Kohala area, the snorkel sites, beaches and walks.

You can choose a level of service too, from a few suggestions and emails
costing nothing of course to a paid on-demand service for a period, or your entire stay.

Give him a ‘ping’ to see how creative you can get to make your experience here one to really enjoy and cherish.


Private hiking tours and guiding to hidden gems around the island.

Volcano, Mauna Kea, Coastal hikes, fitness hikes, Cliff jumps and waterfalls.

Historic Hawaiian Heaiu (temple) hike just 2 miles from the ranch.

Pololu 2nd Valley, Kohala fisherman’s trail coastal trail through lava field to hidden springs and salt and pepper bays. Unique! Winter whales watching.

Volcano hikes and Mauna Kea Saddle Cinder Cones and birding areas.

Half day, full day, couples, and family rates.

Hapuna Prince, Mauna Kea resort and Hilton Waikoloa Courses.

Free chip and putt. Bucket of balls – $12

Prince Resorts Hawaii

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Private Art classes with artist Calley O’Neill – $225 including supplies, up to 6 people.

Private Yoga and meditation classes on the pavilion – $100 for up to 4 people ($10 per extra persons)

Private Archery experience and lessons for the family – based on half day rates and pro rated starting at $150

En suite massage, various modalities and Couples Massage.

Table and chair massages. Relaxing, nourishing and deep.

Styles incorporated are Lomi Lomi, Swedish, Sports, ‘Thai on table’, Shiatsu and facilitated stretch.

Starting from $135 per person and $120 per person, per couple, at your accommodations.

Zipline Tree Canopy and Waterfall Experiences. 4 hour Zipline adventures – $180/Adult and $140 child

Take a scenic, historic stream like ride –  Flumin the Kohala ditch – float down a beautiful and fascinating historic waterway by inflatable kayak – $145.00/Adult and $80.00/Child (5 – 11)

All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riding in Kohala (age 16+)

Family fun boat Catamaran boat tour – Whale Watching (Dec.-Feb) Private and semi private catamaran comfort tours.

Morning dolphin snorkel year round, in season whale watch and evening sunset cruises. (20 Minutes from ranch, meet from at 8:30am) – $795- private charter or $159/Adult and $99/Child
Private Sailing Charters ‘Maile’ up to 6 sailors, whale watching and more – $970
Puako dolphin Snorkel and lunch, exciting, fast, powered inflatable design – $140/Adults

Fun for kids – try PVC marshmallow shooter construction fun – keep the ‘guns’ and the ‘mallows.

Chef service and pre made meal orders – please enquire for availability.

Family & Couples photography sessions. Please contact us advance of your stay if you would like to have our photographer come to the ranch or set up a beach shoot. Pricing starts at $600.00

Childcare (advanced notice required) – $20/hr with a 3 hour minimum 
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