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bing101:
Road to Hana is one of the most scenic drives I been to in Hawaii. Hand down it is one of a coastal routes that could beat PCH.

https://roadtohana.com///www.youtube.com/watch?v=7euM-JQ2Owg

triplemultiplex:

--- Quote from: oscar on August 12, 2022, 11:27:54 PM ---
--- Quote from: Rothman on August 12, 2022, 10:47:41 PM ---Do not mistake a prairie chicken for a nene.

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Nene are not exactly the Einsteins of the bird world. They'll carelessly walk into traffic, one reason why they're an endangered species.

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But the primary reason they are super endangered is because rats absolutely devastated their ground nests.  Then the invasive mongoose on the Big Island started eating them all.  Compared to that, car strikes are a drop in the bucket.

Still, you don't want to be "that guy" who runs over a famously endangered species. :P

Sub-Urbanite:
The Road to Hana and Piilani Highway are exhausting. They're fine but they're just draining to do because of the mental strain of doing them – slowing down, speeding up, taking them in, tight corners, one-lane segments, falling mangoes, watching for other drivers – I've seen lots of roads like them before, but not with that many people on them.

Here's what I wrote last year about Piilani (and I'm not trying to throw shade by quoting that last line):


--- Quote from: Sub-Urbanite on August 05, 2021, 10:45:26 PM ---Well, I drove it.

Thoughts:

1. It was tighter than a Mormon’s britches. This wouldn’t be a problem if other drivers practiced some common sense, but it seems a lot of folks leave common sense behind when they travel to Maui.

1b. What’s common sense?

- Driving with your window rolled down
- Honking at blind corners
- Looking ahead on the road and stopping at the nearest pullout if there’s a car approaching
- Knowing the width of your rental car and getting it as far off the road as possible
- Not doing the drive in a *car*. This road is definitely for trucks. I saw a guy taking a Camaro on it and was really, really sad for him.

2. Functionally, it wasn’t terrifying. The cliffside portions were crazy, and, yeah, could easily cause a problem if you’re on a one-lane road, along the ocean, and people aren’t behaving nicely. Thankfully I didn’t run into that.

2b. It was a slog though. Because it was narrow, because of the constantly watching for other drivers and thinking ahead, because of the rough asphalt (the gravel wasn’t bad) it was just … work. And to be honest, the Road to Hana is also work, it’s just work on better asphalt.

3. But holy crap it was gorgeous. To go so abruptly from the jungle of Kipahulu to the desert of the Leeward side was incredible. I am glad the road is not in perfect shape so as to keep it from being a drier version of HI 360.

So, for future travelers reading this thread, first, thanks for searching before posting. Second, you probably won’t trash your rental car doing this. Third, use common sense and assume others won’t.

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Max Rockatansky:
Thanks for the assessment, the way it reads kind of reminds me of stuff like Kaiser Pass Road during a summer weekend.  Apparently my wife wants to see a water fall that is located all the way near Hana.  The way I see it, no point in doubling back on Hana Highway when the eastern half of the island can be visited.

Sub-Urbanite:

--- Quote from: Max Rockatansky on August 26, 2022, 12:09:13 PM ---Thanks for the assessment, the way it reads kind of reminds me of stuff like Kaiser Pass Road during a summer weekend.  Apparently my wife wants to see a water fall that is located all the way near Hana.  The way I see it, no point in doubling back on Hana Highway when the eastern half of the island can be visited.

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Yeah, just understand – you're going to run up against chuckleheads going the other way leaving you inches to spare between your cars. A couple times, I had to tuck in my side view mirrors to get through. I wouldn't attempt it in A) a large SUV, or B) a car. Nissan Rogue all the way. The drive was fabulous, though.

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