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Mana Road

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Mana Road

Planning a trip for 2 weeks at the end of the year and working on a tenative itinerary. We like to venture off the main roads and explore... I am wondering if Mana Road is accessible by regular car or if it's 4WD only? Thanks! (probably first of many questions...)

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Mana Road is a dirt/rock road that is only accessible with 4WD, so you cannot take a rental car on this road, even a 4WD (strictly prohibited by rental car companies, even for their 4WD rentals).

It's not the kind of place where tourists should be wandering around, anyway. If you have local friends with a 4WD who could take you up there, though, that might be an option.

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I wouldn't recommend driving around on isolated back roads or locals only places. As wahine said, if you have an on island friend to take you, that's different. Nor would I recommend going places with anyone you meet while visiting. It might be all right but it might be really bad, so it's not worth it.

There is plenty to see on the "main" roads and at the attractions that visitors go to.

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Ditto. Aside from annoying locals and residents by driving off the main roads, many of which are private roads, and violating your rental contract, it's simply not safe. People here have marijuana patches, dogs, guns, and don't take kindly to visitors poking around where they shouldn't be.

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I've driven Mana Rd. all the way through a couple times. Chances are, you won't see anyone after you're past the ranch houses in Kamuela. If the weather is good, you don't even need 4wd. Ground clearance is needed though, there are big ruts in a couple spots. If the weather has been bad, or turns bad, the trip could be quite an adventure!

There is that rental contract thing though...

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