We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Mamalahoa Highway

Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Improve this listing
75%
Ranked #19 of 34 Attractions in Kailua-Kona
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."
Write a Review

29 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    11
    11
    6
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
California
Top Contributor
1,216 reviews 1,216 reviews
781 attraction reviews
283 helpful votes 283 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This is a very long drive, much of which is through what is basically scrubland and not particularly interesting imho. Still, it got us where we needed to go.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rhode Island
Top Contributor
215 reviews 215 reviews
163 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We headed out on this road in search of the southernmost tip of Hawaii & therefore of the fifty states. Many historians believe this may be the area where the first Hawaiians landed as they arrived from the south - possibly from the Marquesas. There are wonderful views of this area even though you can no longer drive directly to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Las Vegas, Nevada
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
33 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This is the main road from Kona north to Waimea, Hawi, and Hilo. Once you get near Waimea the temp goes down. It is scenic as the lava coastline turns into the wet / green side of the island. Gas in Waimea is higher then Kona so watch your tank before heading off. Enjoy !

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Elgin, Texas
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Arriving in Waimea from Kona, there is a hill that literally changes to brilliant green as you move from the dry to wet side of the Island. Once you pass through Waimea (which is actually chilly at night), you drive along the Hamakua coast with cattle in lush green pastures and tall Eucalyptus trees on both sides of the road.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Myers, Florida
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Drove this sceanic highway after 3 wonderful days exploring Volcano Nat'l Park and surrounding areas. Lots to see along the way! Don't miss this road trip!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kennesaw, Georgia
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
70 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This highway provides you with a drastic change in scenery from beaches, mountains, forests, lava flows and rocks fo brown and black, and volcanoes. The temperature changes as well as the scenery and the elevation so it is a fun ride. There are many small cafes, restaurants and shops to stop on the way so you can take rest stops.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Littleton, Colorado, United States
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

When visiting family i drove this highway every day. I was amazed by some of the views and the road was in great shape. I did not know that the road would be at such a high elevation being my first time. Make sure you scout the best places for a real bathroom or you will have to brave a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Spokane, Washington
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
62 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

My husband and I rented a Red Mustang Convertible and circled the Big Island of Hawaii during our vacation in April 2014. Taking the state route 19 to our hotel, the Fairmont Orchid up in Mauna Lani is literally hot in temperature. Not much view here unless you like "clinkers". We are not as not as excited as some people... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Irvine, California
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
44 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Mamalahoa Highway is the best road that I love because all the way long you drive is always pretty and beautiful scenery from north to the south especially the south was amazing......Mamalahoa Highway south to the south point or to the Hawaiian Volcano National Park is consider the one of kind because is on list as a KAU SCENIC BYWAY-THE... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
32 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Less traveled than the Queens Highway, a good road that again shows off the diverse beauty of the Big Island. It's fun to take this road from Kona to Waimea or the Waikoloa Village.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Mamalahoa Highway also viewed

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Mamalahoa Highway? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing