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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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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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Gone are the days of "fwd recommended" etc. Our rental car agreements used warn against using it.

This highway has been completely redone. It used to be a one lane, each way and sometimes less. The road conditions rival any found on Hwy 11 on the Kona side. It makes the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This highway has been completely redone. It used to be a one lane, each way and sometimes less. The road conditions rival any found on Hwy 11 on the Kona side. It makes the drive from Kona to Hilo a breeze but DO be careful when driving at night and in wet conditions. There are still no services but the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Such a fun drive! This drive is so strange, awe-inspiring, interesting, yet vast and expansive all at the same time. We drove once at night and will never forget the breathtaking stars as you go past Mauna Kea...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Make sure you full up on gas and take a bathroom break before you hit the road! There's a 60 mile stretch with absolutely nothing! There is a park/campsite with bathrooms but it's near the end, there's nothing in the middle! Don't drive it at night, very dangerous! Obey the signs and speed limits. No street lights. Gets rainy and... More 

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Greenville, SC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Connecting Kona with the other side of the island. Cool trip. I am a driver so it was well worth it to me.

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colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

The road is in great condition and takes at least 1/2 hour travel time off your trip to the other side of the island.

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Aiken, SC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very interesting vistas of lava fields. Road was in excellent condition and only had a few sections with sharp turns.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I took this road back from Hilo to Kona. It easily saved about 30 to 45 minutes from the route I took out to Hilo. There are no rest areas, although the road has ample shoulders. Also there are no gas stations once you exit the greater Hilo or Kona area. We drove the road during intermittent rain, which did... More 

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Irvine, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Only have two things to say. 1) Is a glorious road trip with stunning scenery if the clouds permit. 2) IF you intend to visit Mauna Kea volcano summit check to see if the Visitor Center is open as it was closed when we went in July due to guerrilla tactics by the indigenous peoples who are concerned about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The road is now an excellent way to cut across the island. Good easy way to go to the Volcano or see the Army base off to the side. Much improved over the last several years.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Beautiful shortcut to Hilo. Nice road wit larger side shoulders.We drove home in the fog, so it was nice to have a wide road. Saw a bunch of feral sheep and saw several kaliji pheasant

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Address: Hawaii Highway 200, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Island of Hawaii  >  Kailua-Kona

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