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This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

This is a narrow, scenic and two lane road that takes you along the mountainside past coffee plantations and historic sites. Approximately 10 miles long, don't be in a hurry.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 624MikeP624
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Its the only way to get around the Island and great views along the way. If you have the time, do the whole length.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank tedb548
Reviewed July 27, 2018

Traveling around the south end of Hawaii from Kona to Hilo and then back up and over the Saddle road is a full day trip. This of course includes lots of stops along the way to see the sights. The volcano national park was closed...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BevoBurn96
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Mamalahoa Highway We travelled along the Mamalahoa Highway from Hilo to Kona, around the south of the Big Island. It is one of the most scenic routes we have travelled. From Hilo you travel through green subtropical hills and valleys with waterfalls and indigenous forests....More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Karrst
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Quite a nice drive from Kona to Waimea. Lava Lava everywhere. We made a roadside stop as we saw people gathered by what looked like lava tube/tunnel. A vast area to climb and walk without any fee. Near the Kona airport as I recall.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank krispascoe
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Undergoing construction now which slows everything up. Should be nice when they finish it; not sure when that will be.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank ditynyc
Reviewed May 11, 2018

Drove this route between Hilo & Kona, nice drive, good road with nice places to stop along the way. Some pretty vistas.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank qhnpaintluvr
Reviewed April 17, 2018

This is the main highway that will get you around the entire island. The highway has scenic overlooks and connects with other roads which lead to beaches, the coast, historic sites. We travelled Mamalahoa Highway (also Hawaii Belt Road) to many destinations. It is a...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 30, 2018

One of the main highways on the island along the Western shore. Very well paved with great strip lighting at night. You can get just about anywhere from north to south on this highway.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank turtlegirl178
Reviewed March 11, 2018

As a long distance cyclist visiting the big island , this scenic highway is necessary to transit to the saddle road. While there is an adequate bike lane, the traffic whizzing by at 60 plus mph is more than unnerving, not for the inexperienced cyclist...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank drsusan2017
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