Kualoa Ranch Horseback Riding Vacation, Oahu, Hawaii

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Horseback riding vacation and trail ride at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

Horseback riding vacation and trail ride at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

 

Kualoa Ranch – Ahupua’a Hawaiian Land

As I drove west along Kahekili Highway, the skyscrapers of Waikiki faded away, and the lush Hawaiian lanscape began to make its presence known. With the Chinaman’s hat as a landmark to my right, I turned left into Kualoa Ranch for my horseback riding vacation. The Kualoa Ranch land is unique in that it covers three ancient Hawaiian land divisions known as ahupua’a – from rain forest to open valleys, cliff faces and beach.

 

 

Hollywood Meets Kualoa Ranch

The 4,000 acre Kualoa cattle ranch was initially acquired by Dr. Gerrit P. Judd back in 1850 from King Kamehameha III. Now privately owned by the Morgan family, horseback riders will recognize many of the movie and television sites filmed at Kualoa Ranch.

My guide, Michell, pointed out where Hurley set up a golf course for his LOSTcastaways. Further along, we rode by the Penguin that  Henry (Adam Sandler) set up for Lucy (Drew Barrymore) in 50 First Dates. We also rode past the giant log that the children and professor hid behind in Jurassic Park. Finally, we rode on horseback by the general store that was used in the movie Mighty Joe Young. Not the ideal location for a horseback riding vacation, the “store” looks a lot different now that the cows have claimed it for their own.

Nancy Brown on a Horseback Riding Vacation at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

Nancy Brown on a Horseback Riding Vacation at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

Kualoa Ranch Horseback Riding

With over 75 horses at Kualoa Ranch, there is a horse or pony to accommodate all riding levels. Aside from the two horseback riding guides, I was the only experienced equestrian in our group. Next visit, I would opt for either the 9:15 or 11:30 a.m. two hour horseback ride. This ride is open to a maximum of six guests and is faster paced. While you can see the beach from the trail, Kualoa Ranch is located across the street from the Pacific Ocean.

My horse was named Hekili, the Hawaiian word for Thunder. Hekili was part Belgian Draft Horse and part Quarter Horse and was a Premarin rescue horse.

A horseback riding vacation at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

A horseback riding vacation at Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, Hawaii

Kualoa Ranch – Horseback Riding Vacation for Beginning Riders

The ranch offered a short horseback riding demonstration on neck reining and how to keep your horse moving forward when we passed grass along the trail. There was also a short video for the Japanese equestrians in the group. There was a one hour and two hour horseback riding vacation tour. The two hour horseback trail ride, $93. included the movie tour.  Children under 10 years of age may go on a Kiki ride, five minutes for $5.

If You Go:

Kualoa Ranch (808) 237-7321

49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Ka’a’awa, HI 96730

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2017-06-27T11:45:26+00:00 June 9th, 2010|Horse Ranches & Equestrian Centers|

4 Comments

  1. jessiev June 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    VERY Cool!! definitely a place to visit – thanks!

  2. Brian Hancock January 7, 2011 at 4:59 am

    Hi
    My partner and I are coming to Oahu on 10 th Feb till 16th.
    I am a horseman and my partner has never rid`n one.
    Personally I am a member of the Australian Light horse millitary memorial troop.
    I own a quarterhorse x thoroughbred and a quarterhorse x arab.
    Love to hang out with you guys for a days ride and swap stories and experience

    regards
    Brian Hancock Perth Western Australia
    Australian light horse member 016

  3. Nancy D. Brown January 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    @Brian
    I’m a travel writer located in San Francisco, California. You’ll need to contact the ranch directly to arrange horseback riding.

  4. Anonymous April 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

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