North Shore Eco Tours / Footwear

Covered Shoes

Although you might not have hiking boots (lace-up, with good traction, and ankle support) for your safety we ask that you at least wear covered shoes (tennis, running, or cross-training shoes).  The trails traverse inclines that can include both slick red dirt/clay, mud, and/or loose gravel.

Off-roaders are also encouraged to wear covered shoes since there are opportunities to jump in and out of the vehicle during the tours – shoes help to protect the toes.  The Pinzgauer is a heavy duty military vehicle and it can stub toes with ease – not fun.

Sport Sandals/Water Shoes…

Sport sandals, reef walkers, water shoes, or “Japanese tobbies” (i.e. Nike, Keen, Teva, etc.) are also acceptable.  For the Iki & Nui hikes (trails with stream crossings), we encourage packing some kind of waterproof footwear that can be changed into once the stream is reached.

Flip-flops (Slippahs)

As we call them in Hawai’i, “slippahs” or rubber flip-flops can be used to cross streams if that’s all you have BUT we recommend a sports sandal or something that at least straps onto the foot.


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North Shore Eco Tours will help you gain tremendous insight into the cultural traditions of Hawaiʻi from alaka'i (guides) who are actually Hawaiian educators and/or cultural practitioners.