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Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

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Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

Will be staying in Volcano in August. If we spend the day in Hilo and stay there for dinner, is it a difficult drive back to Volcano in the dark? I've read some comments about the roads after dark, but am not sure if that applies to the roads we would be one. Appreciate any advice that can be given.

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1. Re: Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

No, it's not difficult. It is very dark, but it's a fairly straight shot and only about 40 minutes. Just normal dark conditions and weather cautions as you can get some torrential rains, but pretty much any experienced driver can handle.

Hilo, Hawaii
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2. Re: Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

It's a straight road up the mountain, two lane from Kurtisown. Typical conditions are dark, rainy, lots of headlights, reasonable amount of reflectors helps. DUI issue and drivers in drugs, of some concern, kind of a matter of luck. Accident rate on the road, it seems like at least one major a week.

As long as you've already driven the road, I wouldn't hesitate, as long as the weather isn't awful. Weather really makes a difference.

I don't recommend that people here for the first time drive it straight off the plane after a long flight. Any of our highwys deserves to be driven by daylight before tackling it at night.

3. Re: Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

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Kauai, Hawaii
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4. Re: Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

Not a bad drive. Just be sure to take note of how to get back to your lodgings. :-) It will be pretty dark in/around Volcano.

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5. Re: Driving at night from Hilo to Volcano

I think my response is more conservative because, living on the east side, I'm keenly aware of the horrible driving in Puna. So many drivers on revoked licenses and uninsured, no safety check, DUIs. So many drug users.

Beyond that, the weird mix or different driving styles. It's a very simple road I terms of the physical navigation, but then why all the wrecks. By the way, I drive 130 from Kea'au to Hilo after I posted last, and sure enough there was a wreck in the divided highway portion. Traffic totally stopped in the Volcano bound lane, ambulance, sirens ...

Beautiful dry sunny afternoon, can't blame the weather this time.

If you only drive it occasionally, you probably don't see that side of it.

I think it's fine for the OP to do, but statistically speaking I think there are quite a few more wrecks than you see Kona side.

Edited: 10:04 pm, May 22, 2012
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