Road Tripping The Aloha State: Scenic Drives Across the Islands

Road Tripping The Aloha State

Considering a Hawaii Road Trip? Why not! When travelers hear the words “road trip,” the Hawaiian Islands probably isn’t the first destination that comes to mind for asphalt-based adventures. However, Hawaii boasts a number of scenic drives across most of its islands worthy of your time behind the wheel of the rental. Regardless of which road trip you embark on while in Hawaii, remember to pull over often to fully appreciate all of the diverse, natural beauty waiting for them along the way. Here are some ideas to get you started. Contact GoGo Travel for more information on any of these trips or more recommendations.

Oahu Road Trip: Ko Olina to Kaena Point State Park

Farrington Highway (Route 93) from Ko Olina to Kaena Point State Park (Oahu):

If you are looking to explore Oahu’s Leeward Coast I encourage you to embark on this scenic stretch of Farrington Highway. From a starting point just past the entrance to Ko Olina Resort and ending at Kaena Point State Park. Two-lane Route 93 is all you need to take in the entire west shore of Oahu and its lovely sea level views of clear blue ocean, vast valleys and the expanse of the Waianae volcanic range. Then, when the pavement and scenic drive ends at Kaena Point State Park, you can park and lock your car, and take the rewarding lava rock shoreline hike to Oahu’s storied westernmost point.

Kauai Road Trip: Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway

Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway (Kauai):

If you have an interest in Hawaii’s multicultural history you are encouraged to travel this scenic collection of country roads. Explore historic Old Koloa Town and the ocean side resort community of Poipu. The drive begins within a mystical tree tunnel on Maluhia Road leading drivers to the former sugar plantation town of Koloa. The road continues on to numerous points of archaeological, historical and multicultural significance, including Kaneiolouma, an early Hawaiian heiau (temple) and village currently being restored.

Hawaii Road Trip: Hilo to Waipio Valley

Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19, 240) from Hilo to Waipio Valley (Island of Hawaii):

Travelers staying in Hilo on the island of Hawaii’s east side are at the perfect starting point for a memorable road trip along the Hamakua Coast.  Rugged sea cliffs, lush valleys and tropical rain forests await.  Also known as the Hamakua Heritage Corridor, this leisurely countryside drive begins north of Hilo on Route 19 and finishes at the end of Route 240 at the breathtaking Waipio Valley Lookout.  There is an array of diverse scenery in between.  Along the way, you can detour onto the remnants of the coast’s Old Mamalahoa Highway to see old plantation towns, country bridges, waterfalls and mountain streams or hike through a rain forest arboretum at Kalopa Native Forest State Park.

Maui Road Trip: Upcountry

Upcountry Loop (Route 37) (Maui):

Those who plan to visit Haleakala National Park should extend their day beyond the iconic volcano and enjoy Upcountry Maui. I recommend to take time to pick up strawberries at Kula Country Farms.Tour sprawling violet fields at the Alii Kula Lavender Farm. Enjoy delectable goat cheese at Surfing Goat Dairy Farm and indulge in a tasting at Ocean Vodka’s organic farm and distillery, all while taking in sweeping Central Maui views.

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