Travel a Scenic Byway
Hawai‘i has only two official “scenic byways” (designated as part of the National Scenic Byways Program), and Hawai‘i Island is home to both of them: The Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor and Royal Footsteps along the Kona Coast.
The Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor takes you through an area of historic importance, telling the story of the area’s evolution from a pathway for ancient Hawaiians to its most recent development.
The Royal Footsteps along the Kona Coast uncovers the history of the area that’s hidden in plain sight. Travel along Ali‘i Drive and you’re no doubt taken in by beautiful vistas on one side and bustling energy on the other. However, look a little closer and you’ll see that this seven-mile stretch also is home to many important sites of historical significance, like Hulihe‘e Palace, Pa o Umi (the residence of the ruler Umi-a-lilioa [ca. A.D. 14901525]), breathtaking bays and beaches, churches, the Holualoa Royal Center and more.
For more information on the Hawai‘i Scenic Byways, log on to www.hawaiiscenicbyways.org.