Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Ride

Heading out for a driving tour of any of Hawaii’s islands hardly qualifies as a “road trip” by U.S. mainland terms. Even a spin around the 4,028-square-mile island of Hawaii – the largest of all the Hawaiian Islands – only averages about four hours if you don’t stop to enjoy a lookout or smell the flowers. Regardless of the time or distance you’ll travel, however, a mini road trip in Hawaii is a fantastic way to enjoy the beauty of the Islands while spending quality time with your family. After all, life’s not just about the destination, but the journey itself. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride while road tripping some of Hawaii’s most scenic drives: 
 
Kuhio Highway (Kauai) – Almost any drive on Kauai, with its abundance of lush scenery, is impressive. But a Kuhio Highway (Route 56) road trip impresses with breathtaking coastal views from the island’s southeast to north shores on its way to lovely Hanalei town. Road trip the highway and its many scenic treasures and you’ll see why Kauai has served as a backdrop for so many Hollywood films. 
 
North Shore (Oahu) – “A trip to the country,” as locals might say, is a must-do on Oahu. While there are several routes you can take to Oahu’s famed surf breaks and surf town of Haleiwa, the best is arguably hopping on the H-3 freeway from Honolulu for grand views of the emerald Koolau mountain range, then continuing north on Kamehameha Highway (Route 83). Keep an eye on the shoreline,– which will often be just steps from your car – for views of Mokolii Island near Kualoa Ranch and white sand beaches along the way.
 
Hana Highway (Maui) – The 52-mile Road to Hana is known as much for its scenic, tropical views and waterfalls as it is for its twists and hairpin turns. Beyond Hana town, you’ll find the beautiful Pools of Oheo, and waterfall and coastal views of the Kipahulu District of Haleakala National Park – the perfect reward after a long drive. Please review and follow the Hana Code of Conduct, a pledge to ensure the safety of the community, when traveling through the East Maui Reserve.
 
Hamakua Heritage Corridor (island of Hawaii) – Take in the island of Hawaii’s stunning natural landscape as you drive alongside the sea cliffs, lush valleys and tropical rainforests of the Hamakua Coast. Begin your journey in Hilo, heading north on Hawaii Belt Road (Route 19), making sure to turn off the highway to enjoy the calming natural diversions of the Onomea Scenic Drive, Akaka Falls State Park and Laupahoehoe Point, as well as a visit to charming Honokaa town. End your road trip at the Waipio Valley Lookout for an incredible view of its lush terrain, waterfalls and black sand beach.