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Details about “The Hamakua Coast” drive: This route will take you along the Hamakua Coast, past many of the historic sugar cane villages and scenic coastal views. Some of the hightlights along the way include: the historic cowboy town of Honoka’a; the Laupahoehoe Pennisula, site of tragic damage during the 1946 tsunami. Also you will have the chance to visit the Laupahoehoe Train Museum; The Vanila Factory in the town of Pa’auilo. As you come upon the 14 mile marker, you can take a right (towards the mountain), and travel through the village of Honomu to visit Akaka Falls State Park. Akaka Falls is 442 feet, and has the distinction of being the longest single drop in the state. There is a small fee to help offset maintenance costs. A bit further, near the 10 mile marker is the “4 mile scenic drive” through an area called Onomea. Along the Scenic Route, take the time to visit Diane Renchler’s Toulouce Gallery. Visit www.dianerenchler-artgaallery.com. We highly recommend the Scenic Drive, and stopping along the way to see the sights.

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Directions to the Hilo Information Center, located at the Mo’oheau Bus Depot, 329 Kamehameha Avenue:

  • From Waimea: Take Hwy 19 out of Waimea headed EAST. Continue on Hwy 19 until you cross “the singing bridge” entering Hilo town. At the traffic signal, take right off Hwy 19, and an immediate LEFT at the traffic signal onto Kamehameha Avenue. We are located about 2 blocks down on the RIGHT side, or ocean side of the Avenue.  Hilo Information Center is located in the Mo’oheau Bus Depot. Details about this drive above see “The Hamakua Coast.” With no stops, it will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is 54 miles.
  • From Waikoloa Resorts: Take Hwy 19 NORTH to junction of Hwy 19 and Hwy 270. Take a RIGHT TURN onto Hwy 19 to Waimea, you are now headed EAST. Continue on through Waimea town on Hwy 19. Details about this drive above (see “The Hamakua Coast”). Continue on Hwy 19 until you cross “the singing bridge” entering Hilo town. At the traffic signal, take right off Hwy 19, and an immediate LEFT at the traffic signal onto Kamehameha Avenue. We are located about 2 blocks down on the RIGHT side, or Makai (ocean) side of the Avenue. We are located in the Mo’oheau Bus Depot.With no stops it is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 75 miles.
  • From Kailua-Kona (OPTION 1): Take Hwy 19 NORTH to junction of Hwy 19 and Hwy 270. Take a RIGHT TURN onto Hwy 19 to Waimea, you are now headed EAST. Continue on through Waimea town on Hwy 19. Details about this drive above see “The Hamakua Coast.” Continue on Hwy 19 until you cross “the singing bridge” entering Hilo town. At the traffic signal, take right off Hwy 19, and an immediate LEFT at the traffic signal onto Kamehameha Avenue. We are located about 2 blocks down on the RIGHT, or Ocean side of the Avenue. We are located in the Mo’oheau Bus Depot. With no stops it is about 2 hours and 19 minutes, and 98 miles.
  • From Kailua Kona (OPTION 2): Take Hwy 190 NORTH to the junction of 190 and Hwy. 200 (the Saddle Road). Take a RIGHT turn onto Hwy 200, you are now headed EAST. When you reach a “T” in the road at the traffic signal, this is where Hwy 200 ends. Take a LEFT at this light onto Komohana Street. Continue NORTH on Komohana until you reach another “T” at Waianuenue Avenue. Take a RIGHT at this traffic signal, headed towards the ocean. At the bottom of the hill, at the traffic signal, take a RIGHT onto Kamehameha Avenue. The Hilo Information Center is located in the Mo’oheau Bus Depot. We are about 2 blocks down on the RIGHT, or Ocean side of the street. This route is about 2 hours and 16 minutes, and 86 miles.
  • From Volcano town: Take Hwy 11 NORTH towards Hilo. Some of the highlights along this drive include: Akatsuka Orchids the Hilo Coffee Mill, and the Fuku-Bonsai Cultural Center. You will reach the junction of Hwy 11 and Hwy 19. Take a LEFT onto Hwy 19, headed NORTH. Hwy 19 will diverge with Kamehameha Avenue. Stay on Kamehameha Avenue until reaching downtown Hilo. The Hilo Information Center is located in the Mo’oheau Bus Depot, on the RIGHT side, or ocean side of the street. With no stops this drive is about 29 miles and 49 minutes.

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