Moanalua Gardens Foundation
Cultural and Environmental Education in Hawaii
1352 Pineapple Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96819-1754
Phone: (808) 839-5334; Fax (808) 839-3658
mgf-hawaii@hawaii.rr.com

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Bus Tours

Bus tours are offered in conjunction with one or more classroom presentations.

  • Bus tours are approximately 6 hours.
  • Max. 60 students per bus tour except Waterbirds of Oahu, max. 30 students.
  • One adult chaperone per every 12 students.
  • Schools pay for bus and make arrangements with the bus company. MGF will provide the itinerary.
  • MGF handles all required park and trail permits.
  • $3 fee per student

Koolaupoko Bus Tour

Prerequisite class presentation:
Geology of Hawaii

This tour includes approximately 10 stops around east Oahu with students disembarking at several locations to study formations, make collections and enjoy panoramic views. The tour focuses primarily on geology explaining such features as lithified sand dunes, various stands of the sea, primary and secondary activity (tuff cones, cinder cones and lava flows), evidence of the former extent of the Koolau shield and the locations of its caldera, dikes, flow bedding, erosion, landslides and barrier reef. Also featured are Hawaiian traditions, native coastal plants and human impact on specific environments.

Water Resources of Oahu Bus Tour

Prerequisite classroom presentations:
Geology of Hawaii
Water Systems of Hawaii

This tour includes approximately 6 stops exploring the water resources of the moku of Ewa with students disembarking at several locations to study water-related features. Major stops include the Board of Water Supply's Fred Ohrt Museum at the Kalihi Pumping Station, Kalauao artesian springs (Sumida Watercress Farm and Lau Taro Farm), Waiahole Ditch (dike water) where it passes through Mililani, Wahiawa State Fresh Water Park (surface water in Lake Wilson), Kunia Reservoir on the Waiahole Ditch and the monument in Honouliuli to the first artesian well in Hawaii.

Mokupuni o Oahu Bus Tour

Prerequisite classroom presentation:
Development of Hawaiian Society

This tour includes approximately 10 stops focusing on central, northern and windward Oahu with students disembarking at several locations to study sites and enjoy panoramic views. The history and traditions of specific areas and sites are the principal themes. Major stops include Kualoa Regional Park, Kahana Bay Beach Park, Laniloa Point, Malaekahana State Park, Kahuku Shrimp Ponds, Pupukea Beach Park, Waimea Bay, Liliuokalani Church, and Kukaniloko (birthstones of alii). This tour can be tailored to special interests and conducted in a clockwise direction.

Waianae Bus Tour

Prerequisite classroom presentations:
Geology of Hawaii
Native Hawaiian Plants and Animals
Humans and the Environment

This tour includes four stops in the moku of Waianae with students disembarking at each stop to study features, make collections and enjoy panoramic views. An underlying theme is the geology of the Waianae shield with attention given to history, traditions, native plant life and human impact. Geologic phenomena that are emphasized include the original extent of the volume of the Waianae shield, the location of its caldera and rift zones, dikes and stands of the sea (sea caves to sandstone beaches). Major stops include Ulehawa Beach Park #2, Pokai Bay Beach Park including Kuilioloa Heiau, Kaneana Cave and a hike on the Kuaokala summit ridge (approximately 1,400 feet elevation).

Water Birds of Oahu Bus Tour

Prerequisite classroom presentation:
Wildlife Sanctuaries of Hawaii

The four stops on this bus tour include: 1) Kualoa Regional Park to familiarize students with the proper use of binoculars and to see aeo (stilt) and various migratory and introduced birds, 2) a visit to the Natural History Museum at the Brigham Young University-Hawaii Campus in Laie emphasizing waterbirds, 3) a lunch stop at Malaekahana State Park, and 4) an easy ½ mile walking tour of the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge in Kahuku. At the refuge, students will walk to a viewing kiosk from which they may survey various ponds to study Hawaiian aeo, alae keokeo (coot), alae ula (moorhen), koloa maoli (duck), aukuu (night heron), moli (albatross), seasonal migratory shorebirds and ducks, and introduced cattle egrets.


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"I learned a lot like how long it takes for bugs to eat a whole gorilla. So cool!"

--fourth grade student

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