Kohala Mountain Range
Kohala Mountain Range
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We followed along with a driving app that took us up on the mountain range. It talked about how you could chose to buy property at the bottom of the ridge or up at the top depending on the different climate you wanted to live in. They said that this part of the island didn't get as much rain as other parts especially close to the shoreline but as we went up on top, there were expansive views of rolling green hills and horses out in the pasture. The change of the climate as the clouds rolled by was stunning. In fact, as we got down from the mountain and headed to the coast, we came across a most gorgeous rainbow.
Written 29 February 2020
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Patricia Z
Monterey, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
I had the good fortune of living in North Kohala for three months at the end of 2017. This area is absolutely beautiful and unspoiled. Old Hawaii.
Written 20 February 2019
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jgluv2travel
Regina, Canada3,068 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
We drove on Highway 250 which goes over Kohala Mountains. The road serves as a link between Hawi on the north coast of the Big Island to Waimea which is in the heart of ranch country. I read that Kohala is the oldest volcano on the Big Island and it makes up the northern part of the island. After the last eruption part of the volcano collapsed into the ocean in a landslide leaving sea cliffs along the north coast. We witnessed the great sea cliffs and valley at Pololu Valley but did not go to Waipio. The scenic road over the mountain reached an elevation of 3500 ft. As the elevation dropped and we neared Waimea the slopes changed to grasslands. We had views of the ocean to the west of us. Mauna Kea was to the east.
Written 14 April 2018
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Monique A
Waimea, HI145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
Magical ride with rainbows and beautiful scenery and vistas. If you are compelled to stop, be mindful as this is a well used road, pulling over to the shoulder or a turn out is a must. You will not believe you are in Hawaii and can experience a variety of weather in a 30 minute adventure.
Written 29 December 2015
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Pam M
Seneca, SC23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015 • Friends
Beautiful but scary at night. Actually drove back up Hwy 250 another day to see more of the beautiful things we missed once the sun set.
Written 11 October 2015
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Nancie W
Hutchinson, MN151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
The first time we drove this road we could not believe we were in Hawaii !! It is such beautiful ranch country !! We love driving along here to see the cattle, the sheep, the horses, the goat, the ranches, the pasture views and then there are the "long distance" views of the ocean. MAGICAL !!
Written 26 August 2015
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static_nuance
Cottage Grove, MN104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Have never been anywhere else where you can see such contrasting views in one place. From some of the pull offs on HWY 250 you see pasture, ocean, black volcanic rock and every in between in one picture. Breath taking! Take your time, watch for other drivers who have pulled off and cyclists riding up and down the narrow roads.
Written 9 March 2015
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Fe_Flyer
Boston, MA297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
I can't add much to the other reviews here. It's like being in alpine meadows, with temperatures in the sixties, gentle breezes, meadows and streams, and views up and down the coast.
Written 1 January 2015
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Dan S
Huntington Beach, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
In addition to the myriad of great scenic vistas you see along the Kohala Mountain Road, one of the more fascinating things for me was how the landscape and weather changes as you proceed along the drive. Especially coming from the Kona side and through Waimea - you go from the dry, sunny, coastal climate to lush tropical rainforest. Along the way you go thru a high desert type area - complete with patches of prickly pear cactus, Wyoming type ranch/ pasture land with horses & cows grazing in vast, lush grasslands and even a bit of Rockies type pine tree lined road. The day we went, it was extremely windy along the road that turned to drizzle blowing horizontally once we crested the 4000 high point as we got closer to the coast.

There was a light/medium rain the entire time we were along the Kohala coast but not enough to keep us from walking along the quaint 1/4 mile main street of Hawi that had several shops and eateries.
Written 29 November 2014
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123carolyn123
Glen Allen, VA43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Business
if it weren't for the big blue ocean on the left, I would have sworn I was in Montana cattle country. Same open feel, cows everywhere, horses too. Beautiful drive.
Written 28 June 2014
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