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Review of Mamalahoa Highway

Mamalahoa Highway
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Hawaii Big Island Circle Small Group Tour: Waterfalls - Hilo - Volcano - Black...
Ranked #52 of 133 things to do in Kailua-Kona
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Owner description: This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

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 port a potty.

2  Thank Mike S
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Reviewed April 29, 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 are with lava rocks. It's too desolate for us. However, taking this same route all the way north and east towards Hilo was a beautiful drive. You just have to be careful of the wind gust that could blow hard as you reach the northernmost part of the Big Island.

State route 11 is the best part of this Highway. We took this road all the way from Kailua-Kona to Hilo and the best views and green vegetation are found on this side of the island. We also took highway 19 as an alternative and the nearest route to go back to the airport after we circled the whole island.

The roads are in excellent condition and very good for reaching my dream: driving a Red Mustang Convertible!!!

3  Thank MimieW
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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 SLOPE OF MAUNA LOA. The scenery was amazing every time you pass thru curve and another curve of that road,amazing....Take your time to enjoy and drive save to you and others.
PS: highly recommended to stop by at SOUTH POINT on the way to Volcano thru this Mamalahoa Highway south.

1  Thank jalan2lagi
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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.

1  Thank mahlonjanwhittle
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

It is true that this highway can be dangerous. We saw a car on its roof the morning of 5/8/13 and just out of Kailua-Kona. It was on a curve and we could not understand how anyone could have been going that fast on that section of road! Scenic - oh my yes. In good condition - it sure is. Yes, you can travel this road and pass trough several climate zones within a couple hours. It will astound you! We love the Big Island.

1  Thank Judith K
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