These 15 Beautiful Highways In Hawaii Are Perfect For A Scenic Drive

The Hawaiian Islands are home to unsurpassed natural beauty, and while there are some wonders that can only be seen via strenuous hiking trails, or even helicopter tour, there are others that simply require a vehicle – as well as a camera and killer driving playlist. We’ve rounded up some of the best scenic drives in Hawaii for you to explore. These 15 roads, highways, and byways are among the prettiest in all of Hawaii and are absolutely perfect for a long drive on a beautiful day.

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Who else loves taking a nice, long drive as much as I do? Which of the best scenic drives in Hawaii is your favorite? Be sure to sound off on our Only In Hawaii Facebook page, and check out these 13 stellar scenic drives in Hawaii.

Address: Hana Highway, Haiku, HI, USA
Address: Farrington Highway, Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI, USA
Address: Waimea Canyon Drive, Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI, USA
Address: Haleakala Highway, Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI, USA
Address: Kamehameha Highway, Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA
Address: Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii 96778, USA
Address: Ke’eaumoku Street, Ke’eaumoku St, Honolulu, HI, USA
Address: Kuhio Highway, Kuhio Hwy, Kapa?a, HI, USA
Address: Saddle Road, Saddle Rd, Hawaii, USA
Address: Round Top Drive, Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Address: Kamehameha V Highway, Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, USA
Address: Maluhia Road, Maluhia Rd, Koloa, HI, USA
Address: Hawaii Belt Road, Hawaii Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI, USA
Address: Kalaniana?ole Highway, Kalaniana?ole Hwy, Honolulu, HI, USA
Address: Honoapiilani Highway, HI-30, Lahaina, HI, USA
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Best Scenic Drives In Hawaii

July 13, 2021

How many miles of roads are on Hawaii? 

Hawaii has 1,103 miles of paved roads to explore. That number includes state highways, interstates, and secondary state highways. There are three interstate highways in Hawaii: H-1, H-2, and H-3. All are built to interstate standards, even though they don’t connect to the continental united states. To recognize that, the highways are marked with an “H” instead of an “I.” 

What is the most scenic drive in Hawaii?

Many people agree that Mauna Loa Road scenic drive is the most scenic drive in all of Hawaii. It has many close contenders, but the sights from this particular drive will take your breath away. You’ll ascend 6,000 feet over 11 miles, and see the plume above the Halema’uma’u crater during almost the entire drive up. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is filled with incredible sights, and you won’t regret a moment spent ascending this beautiful drive. Bring a friend and enjoy the ride!

Address: Hana Highway, Haiku, HI, USA
Address: Farrington Highway, Farrington Hwy, Waianae, HI, USA
Address: Waimea Canyon Drive, Waimea Canyon Dr, Waimea, HI, USA
Address: Haleakala Highway, Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI, USA
Address: Kamehameha Highway, Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI, USA
Address: Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii 96778, USA
Address: Ke’eaumoku Street, Ke’eaumoku St, Honolulu, HI, USA
Address: Kuhio Highway, Kuhio Hwy, Kapa?a, HI, USA
Address: Saddle Road, Saddle Rd, Hawaii, USA
Address: Round Top Drive, Round Top Dr, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Address: Kamehameha V Highway, Kamehameha V Hwy, Kaunakakai, HI 96748, USA
Address: Maluhia Road, Maluhia Rd, Koloa, HI, USA
Address: Hawaii Belt Road, Hawaii Belt Rd, Captain Cook, HI, USA
Address: Kalaniana?ole Highway, Kalaniana?ole Hwy, Honolulu, HI, USA
Address: Honoapiilani Highway, HI-30, Lahaina, HI, USA