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"Scenic Hamakua Drive" Drive around the Big Island Tip by Nathalie_B

  Drive through the "Banyan forest"
by Nathalie_B
  • Drive through the "Banyan forest" - Hawaii (Big Island)
      Drive through the "Banyan forest"
    by Nathalie_B
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It is marked on most maps as a “4-mile scenic road”, but also known as a Hamakua Drive. The serpentine road carves its way through the rainforest foliage, rich with amazing banyan trees with its roots that hug above the drive like giant fingers , eucalyptuses, hapu’u and other trees, shrubs, and plants that can only be found on the Hawaiian Islands.
From Hilo, drive north on the road 19 and once you pass the Hilo Bay this is where the enchant nature beauty begins. Hamakua Drive will take you along the coast line where you’ll find the most astonishing views and several points of interest like Onomea Trail, Botanical Gardens, and Akaka Falls State Park.
The left side of the road is bordered by the untouched forest, while the right side offers amazing views on the ocean with its mighty waves, black lava rocks and an occasionally passing Noio bird, also found only in Hawaii.
You will want to make several stops along the drive because the photo opportunities along the way are simply impossible to ignore and although there are no designated parking spots people always find spots beside the road to stop for a few minutes and enjoy the scenery that is so indigenous.

Directions: Follow road 19 from Hilo Bay to the Akaka Falls State Park

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  • Written Feb 21, 2009
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