Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today’s Groupon to Gunstock Ranch in Laie. Choose from the following options:
- For $49, you get a 1.5-hour sunset horseback ride for one (a $99 value).
- For $89, you get a 1.5-hour scenic horseback ride for two (a $178 value).
- For $160, you get a 1.5-hour scenic horseback ride for four (a $356 value).
- For $255, you get a three-hour pool-and-pony party package for up to 20 children (a $450 value). The package includes:
- Use of on-site pool, playground, and pavilion for two hours
- One hour of staff-led pony rides
Sunset rides take place Monday–Saturday at 4:30 p.m.; scenic rides take place Monday–Saturday at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. Food is not included with the party package.
Dedicated to giving guests the opportunity to experience the life of a paniolo, or Hawaiian cowboy, during island horseback rides, the Smith family dutifully maintains Gunstock Ranch’s 700 acres of pristine land at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains. During the 1.5-hour sunset horseback excursion, small groups wend along mountain trails, garnering stunning ocean views replete with Hawaiian sea life and vacationing Loch Ness monsters taking hula-dance lessons. The ranch’s experienced wranglers offer sage guidance and oversee guest safety throughout the equine-centric sojourns. Rides culminate with a stop at a lookout point, allowing guests to de-saddle and immortalize views of Oahu’s Windward side bathed in the glow of a retreating sun with a camera or monolithic freeze-ray. In order to ensure the comfort and safety of all ride participants, Gunstock Ranch does not allow guests to engage their steeds in trotting or cantering, declaring the outing a walking-only ride.
Alternatively, a pool-and-pony party package facilitates three hours of unfettered aquatic and terrestrial revelry for up to 20 children. Partygoers can spend two hours splashing about the above-ground pool whose balmy waters derive heat from solar panels, propane, and domesticated fire-breathing dragons. The party grants attendees access to the ranch’s playground, as well as the 20’x80’ covered pavilion equipped with electricity, tables, and chairs. An hour of staff-led pony rides allows young riders to unleash their inner John Waynes, and gives ponies a peek into the lives of their centaur ancestors.
The Gunstock Ranch has been a part of Greg Smith's family since 1973. Born and raised in Kailua, Greg grew up helping his father on the ranch, and today, he helps his five children with rodeo practice and 4-H studies. The local rancher leads a staff of experienced wranglers who share intimate knowledge of the land on a variety of scenic trail rides through the 650-acre property. Visitors explore winding paths through the Koolau Mountain Range like traditional paniolos, Hawaiian cowboys, and catch stunning views of Oahu and the ocean in the bright light of day or the warm glow of the setting sun.
Expanding beyond equine excursions and care, Greg's wife, Kyndra, brought swimming lessons and aquatics to the ranch as a way to help children in the community and disprove the myth that you can bring a horse to water, but can't make it swim the breaststroke. The ranch's gentle horses and aboveground pool also make the Gunstock Ranch an all-encompassing destination for children's parties and special events.