Coco Zickos interviews Antone Teves, Co-owner of Kipu Ranch Adventures, for MidWeek Kaua’i
How did you get started in this business?
I had moved here from Oahu in 1998 to apprentice with Ted shoeing horses. He was just breaking ground on establishing the trail system on this property through the Rice family. The ranch owners wanted to get into the eco-tourism business and wanted to do it on ATVs because the cattle are accustomed to them. Up until about two years ago, I was still horseshoeing as well, but I stepped down from that in order to own-manage the operation full-time.
What sets your business apart?
Our level of awareness and quality that the tour guides add to the operation. These guys are going above and beyond to make sure people are aware of what they’re doing and that they’re safe while they’re doing it. The history and story that they tell really do the ranch a great justice as far as letting people know the timeline of how the ranch was acquired and how it transitioned from being a sugarcane plantation to a cattle ranch operation.
Ride through lush green pastures, venture down into tropical Hule’ia Valley, and ascend to majestic Haupu for a breathtaking view of Kipu Kai, Kauai’s untouched paradise. Experience many blockbuster movie spots such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Outbreak, and Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is tropical 4×4 off road touring at its finest.