Forest Bathing, Hike, & Moʻolelo

Forest Bathing, Hike, & Moʻolelo

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Camp Pālehua

1 Pālehua Road

Kapolei, HI 96707

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A mindful walk in a eucalyptus forest to a spectacular lookout, accessible by an easy hike and accompanied by stories of the land.

About this event

Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi brings the wellbeing practice of forest bathing to west Oʻahu, in a unique combination with a place-based learning opportunity. Known as "shinrin-yoku" in Japan, where this self-care practice originated, the growing global movement of forest therapy is backed by more than 30 years of scientific research on the physical and psychological benefits of immersing yourself in a natural environment.

This experience begins at Camp Pālehua, a puʻuhonua (place of refuge) on private lands on the southern slopes of the Waiʻanae mountains. Hawaiian practitioner, educator, and Nānākuli native Kamaka guides us to the trailhead and on the first half mile of our hike. Along the way, he shares moʻolelo (stories) of the ancient mountains of the Waiʻanae Range.

We then transition into the slow, mindful forest bathing experience. Along the next half mile, your certified forest therapy guide will offer a series of sensory-opening “invitations” to help you find your own personal connection with the natural world. You'll have opportunities to sit quietly in contemplation, as well as share with others in the small group, all at a safe physical distance outdoors. The forest bathing walk ends with a tea ceremony at the lookout with its surprising views and claims to a famous myth. We return to the Camp on the same trail, perhaps with a reinvigorated sense of aliveness and refreshed eyes.

Unlike a traditional forest bathing path, this hike/walk along the Nānākuli Lookout trail requires good physical fitness and ability to negotiate uneven ground and inclines. See photo of hiking trail below. For the safety of the group, Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi reserves the right to deny entry to those who are not able to traverse the terrain at a moderate pace or who have not met other requirements. Guide's determination is final; a 15% refund will be offered to those who have overestimated their hiking abilities and asked to leave the tour. For a less challenging option, please visit Forest Bathing in a Rain Forest.

FAQs - please read COVID-19 guidelines and waiver of liability you will be asked to sign on booking. Bring a face mask, hand sanitizer, water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent, a casual backpack to hold your stuff (including a rain jacket), and walking sticks if you need them. For your safety and comfort, we recommend wearing light-weight long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and ankle socks. Close-toed shoes w/ good traction are REQUIRED.

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age: 12 years old. 

Forest Bathing Hawaiʻi requires proof of full vaccination on entry. Full vaccination follows CDC guidelines and must be proven by showing a hard copy or photo of vaccination card, or the Safe Travels Hawaii application (or QR Code). You will be also be asked to scan your temperature on check-in. Masks are optional; social distancing encouraged.

Additionally, Camp Pālehua requires each participant complete this CAMP PĀLEHUA WAIVER FORM.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Camp Pālehua is accessible by private vehicle only; carpooling is recommended. It is above the Makakilo subdivision; about 20 minutes from the H-1 Makakilo exit. Entrance to Pālehua Road is gated and requires an entry code. This code will be sent to you a few days before the event. The private access road is unpaved for the final quarter mile. Free parking in the Visitor Parking lot.

For a fully immersive experience on this magical mountain, you might want to consider staying overnight in the rustic accommodations at Camp Pālehua before or after your walk. (Tent and vehicle camping also available.) More here.

REFUND POLICY: 50% if cancelled 48 hours in advance. Reservations close 24 hours before event. THERE IS A MINIMUM OF 4 PERSONS FOR THE WALK TO OCCUR. Walk will be cancelled and you will be fully refunded, if minimum is not met by 24 hours in advance. Included in the fee is admission to Camp Pālehua.

Private walks are available for families with children 5 - 11 years old, for special occasions, or corporate groups, or for those preferring alternate dates or to associate with their own household only. Send request to

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to email

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