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.