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This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."
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Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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All reviews belt road take your time the big island hamakua coast south point southernmost tip lovely drive pull over volcanic landscape enjoyable ride black sands beach historic sites the entire island nice road volcano national park captain cook lava tube
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Mamalahoa Highway takes one from the south end of the island up into Volcano National Park. It is an interestingly varies drive, lush and tropical on the south end, gradually changing in to a volcanic landscape as one approaches the volcano. Lots of flora and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sam M
Reviewed July 4, 2019

Scenic views over above Kona, quick ride with no traffic to Saddle Road. The National Register Historic Mamaloahoa Road retaining walls and roadway are visible above the new highway. Goats, cattle and horses visible from highway and open views of the ranchlands and ocean along...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank ktseattle
Reviewed May 11, 2019

Lovely countryside views, but tourists should be sure to plan for extra travel time during peak hours.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BLACKLD
Reviewed April 12, 2019

Mamalahoa Highway shows you how people live on the Big Island. You pass through small towns and have amazing vistas. The road can get curvy in stretches, but is certainly worth a drive.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank too_few_trips_1
Reviewed March 27, 2019

Take the Old Mamalahoa Hwy - up above Kona. The flowers, trees and other foliage are spectacular. And, you stop in to see a coffee farm or two.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Aloha_Island_Dreams
Reviewed March 14, 2019

You really feel like you're in true Hawaii when you travel this road from Kailua-Kona south towards Captain Cook. Along the way you will see beautiful tropical vegetation as well as many small coffee farms. Take your time and enjoy the peaceful environment.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank crvisitor41
Reviewed March 5, 2019

Mostly enjoyable ride mid-mountain with great views of lava flows. Sometimes crowded. Commuters between Waimea and Kona tend to tailgate or pass in inappropriate places, just pull over and let them go their merry way.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 730p
Reviewed February 26, 2019

We drove from Kona to Volcano and then into Hilo. Kona to Capt Cook is in good shape but is narrow and slow over most of it (under 45mph). The southern part of the highway is a little straighter. Volcano to Hilo is good as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank H K
Reviewed February 18, 2019

It gets you where you want to go. Part of it is scenic but not worth a special trip. An enjoyable ride if you set your expectations appropriately.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Semibum
Reviewed January 28, 2019 via mobile

The house we stay in is right near his highway. It’s the best way to get around. Traffic seems to get worse each year.

Date of experience: January 2019
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