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Kohala Mountain Road

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Address: Route 250, Hawi, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Mountain meets the sea

My favorite drive on the whole island. Tiny little windy road with lots of turns. Take your time and slow down. Lots to see, with the best vista views on the whole island... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Lacombe, Canada
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Lacombe, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My favorite drive on the whole island. Tiny little windy road with lots of turns. Take your time and slow down. Lots to see, with the best vista views on the whole island. Waimea to Hawi, this is the best way to go!

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Boulder, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 367 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful, relaxing way to return from Hawi to Waimea. Rolling hills, cows grazing, clouds at eye level, and surely some rain. Not enough turn outs for photos, but most everything will be foggy, or overcast, or rainy anyway.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this drive. Slow, windy roads for the most part, but the scenery is beautiful and unique - especially for the Big Island. Lots of wind when you're up high as well! This is a great road for a slow Sunday drive. There are a few designated lookout areas and depending on the clarity of the day, you... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a wonderful clear sunny day. A 5 mountain day so we discovered because 4 of Hawaii’s mountains Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kohala, Hulalai and Haleakalā which is on Maui the next island were all clearly visible. What a sight. The road climbing up Kohala gave great views and then the other side driving along the coast back to... More 

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Tacoma, Washington, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This relatively short drive, from Waimea to Hawi, offers scenery Found no where else on the island. This nicely paved road climbs rapidly over the west flank of the extinct Kohala Volcano and cruises through some of the most scenic and pastoral views on North island. Horse & cattle country framed by beautiful trees and pastureland. Well worth the time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The scenery surrounding this winding mountain road looks like something right out of a PBS special on the Irish Countryside. It's lush and green with boulders and rocks poking out of the ground with wild cows grazing. It's a far departure and completely different climate than the tourist centric coastline.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

What a bucolic drive through ranch land. We went a perfect sunny day. The road is smooth and the views are spectacular. I just wish there were more turnouts to take photos.

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Dayton, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I didn't realize from the map that we'd be driving up to about 3,500 ft. in elevation to go from Hawi to Honokaa. The view of the island and water is fantastic. It's difficult to grasp from photos just how high you are and the pretty much steady terrain looking southwest to the ocean.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We drove road # 250 by accident. There weren't many cars, even it was during a rush hours and we hit a big traffic in Waimea. The recommendation to not drive during a peak hours goes to the left turn onto Hwy #19 just before Waimea. You will be on the mercy of the main highway drivers, cause no traffic... More 

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Franklin, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Gorgeous drive on winding road through pastures of livestock, ranches, woodland, and arid wind-swept land. The drive towards Hawi was not as enjoyable with some tailgaters forcing you to drive faster. The return trip back to Waimea was more leisurely and simply breathtaking. It was just before sunset with amazing colors and rainbows. Avoid this ride during ‘rush-hour”.

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