Travel a Scenic By­way

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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.

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