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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Activities: Driving
Description: Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its...
Built in 1942, this 53-mile long road is extremely dangerous with its narrow structure, blind turns, rough surface and single-lane bridges.
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Glad we took it

It is all completed and a great road to use. ,makes traveling across the island so much better - smooth and not so curvy

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Dardanelle
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

It is all completed and a great road to use. ,makes traveling across the island so much better - smooth and not so curvy

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Oahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Thank's to the late Senator Inoye for inproving this vital road. It was much better than expected. Be sure to start with a full tank of gas.

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Tucson, Arizona
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

The new saddle road is very smooth and comfortable, with a subtle climb in elevation, and the terrain is other-worldy: lava fields for miles and miles. If you want to save some time on your Hilo/Kona drive, this road makes for an interesting trip. HOWEVER, we have been warned that it is very foggy at night, and is to be... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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165 reviews 165 reviews
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I didn't find it too special since there are many scinic road in Hawaii. We got heavy rain half way on the road but we are from Vancouver so rain won't scare us.

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Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the drive very much across the island. This is a very nice highway and we were able to get some fantastic views of a variety of sites. It was interesting to note the diversity of climates in this distance. It is a great way to get across to the Hilo side if you are crunched for time. The... More 

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Kennerdell, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

When we first starting visiting Hawaii... this road was almost scary to travel on, that was many many years ago and now WOW, what a pleasure to drive on....such a nice 'shortcut' . Highly recommend the drive, stop, take pics...;)

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

Given the elevation gain, I was concerned on whether this road would be steep. To my delight, the elevation gain is gradual. And the twists & turns are manageable. You do gain height and may run into mists during the drive. Drive the speed you're comfortable with, and let the other cars pass.

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Sun City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Easy driving n nice scenery clean see the whole ocean. It was raining but it worth it. Shorter drive from Hilo to Kona been here in Kona went to a lot places

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Sunnyvale, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

The saddle road is now a super highway from the west side of the island of Hawaii (Kona area) to Hilo (the east side of the Island). What used to be a very difficult dirt and broken pavement road is now a super highway. This road cuts about a 1/2 hour off the west to east trip. Imagine driving between... More 

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Courtenay, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Drove up from Kona to catch the saddle road to get to Hilo. It was upgraded a few years ago and now it is a fast pleasurable road to get to Hilo. You see lots of different vegetation off the road as well as views of the volcanos. About 6 miles outside of Hilo you get on the original road... More 

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