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Mamalahoa Highway

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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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Good road with great plant life

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

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Kennesaw, Georgia
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Kennesaw, Georgia
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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

Thank FamilymanDoug
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53 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank tbuehlma
London, United Kingdom
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935 reviews
286 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 681 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

1 Thank Saintlysinner
Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank ag0w
Heriot Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank AndreaBlaseckie
Honolulu, Hawaii
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 ,

Thank Bern C
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Mags S
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Good road, except when stuck behind. Slow car. No place to pass easily if there is a lot of traffic coming against you.

Thank Su J
Gainesville, Florida
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162 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Mamalahoa - just saying it is fun. It can get crowded and there was construction when we were there. Either grin and take the aloha spirit or turn around - or better yet stop in one of the many stores or eateries along the way. Fun in every sense of the word.

Thank Joan L
Palm Desert, California
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

The Mamalahoa leads everywhere, not a fast highway but leads to great beaches and into the real local areas of Hawaii.


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