|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 client’s time behind the wheel of their rental. Regardless of which road trip your client embarks on while in Hawaii, remind them to pull over often to fully appreciate all of the diverse, natural beauty waiting for them along the way.
Farrington Highway (Route 93) from Ko Olina to Kaena Point State Park (Oahu):Clients looking to explore Oahu’s Leeward Coast are encouraged 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 clients 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. When the pavement and scenic drive ends at Kaena Point State Park, clients can park and lock their car, and take the rewarding lava rock shoreline hike to Oahu’s storied westernmost point.
Holo Holo Koloa Scenic Byway (Kauai): Clients with an interest in Hawaii’s multicultural history are encouraged to travel this scenic collection of country roads to explore historic Old Koloa Town and the oceanside 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 and on to numerous points of archeological, historical and multicultural significance, including Kaneiolouma, an early Hawaiian heiau (temple) and village currently being restored.
Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19, 240) from Hilo to Waipio Valley (Island of Hawaii): Clients 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, where rugged sea cliffs, lush valleys and tropical rainforests 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, with an array of diverse scenery in between. Along the way, clients can detour onto the remnants of the coast’s Old Mamalahoa Highway to see old plantation towns, country bridges, waterfalls and mountain streams, and hike through a rainforest arboretum at Kalopa Native Forest State Park.
Upcountry Loop (Route 37) (Maui): Clients who plan to visit Haleakala National Park should extend their day beyond the iconic volcano and enjoy the relaxing drive through Upcountry Maui. Encourage visitors 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.