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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI

This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big...

This highway goes from Kailua-Kona to Hilo on Hawaii's "Big Island."

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A not so crowded road to travel with a range of scenery.

Took this route several times to access points of interest to the north and east coast. There is less traffic than on Hwy. 19 and the views towards the west coast are good.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Maple Ridge, Canada
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Maple Ridge, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took this route several times to access points of interest to the north and east coast. There is less traffic than on Hwy. 19 and the views towards the west coast are good.

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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Great views...make sure you have a full tank of gas and some food and water. Road gets very dark at night and if it's cloudy your visibility will be limited, but definitely worth the trip.

Thank Mike K
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

This stretch of road has really been improved but could use an increase in the speed limits in many areas. Some areas are 35 MPH when they could easily be 55MPH. Scenic, nice drive.

1 Thank jerdc
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Busy well made road with great views and varied colorful plant life. Als shows different ages of lava

1 Thank FamilymanDoug
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Reviewed 2 January 2017

We travelled this highway frequently in both directions. Given it is one lane only for most parts there are always some slow traffic. This is particularly painful during rush hour. Plan accordingly. Going North, there is a massove lava tube right off fhe side of the road. Spend a minute to go and see it. Requires good shoes (don't go... More 

1 Thank tbuehlma
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Being on this highway somehow makes you feel like you're in space! It's absolutely stunning and definitely nothing I've experienced in my life. It's tricky at night due to the lack of lighting. But during the day my face was glued to the windows in absolute awe.

2 Thank Saintlysinner
Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Follow the old highway whenever you can just to drink in the ambience of old Hawai'i! Strongly recommended.

1 Thank ag0w
Heriot Bay, Canada
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

We were doing a bike tour around the big island and hopped onto the Old Mamalahoa Hwy whenever we could. Beautiful serene roads, very little traffic, on the Hilo side there are many bridges with raging rivers and waterfalls, lush vegetation. Near Honoka'a climbing up on the Old Mamalahoa Hwy it was pure magic, going from jungle/rain forest to massive... More 

1 Thank AndreaBlaseckie
Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

good for daytime driving , being outer island no more street lights once outside town nice drive and good access point just no speed as have strict speed limits with hefty fines ,

1 Thank Bern C
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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Reviewed 19 September 2016

We were very impressed with the quality and smoothness of the main highways on the Big Island. The speed limit is low at times but the locals do not heed it. They drive very fast on all roads so be aware. That should not stop you from enjoying the view. We pulled over frequently in regular stopping areas to allow... More 

2 Thank Mags S

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