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Akoni Pule Scenic Highway

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27.2 miles: 40 minutes
Skirting the Kohala Coast on the northern tip of Hawai‘i Island, the Akoni Pule Highway (SR 270) provides access to artsy villages, historical landmarks and—best of all—some truly magnificent beaches. As you follow this picturesque 27-mile route, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of electric green forests, sapphire waters, sandy stretches and rugged sea cliffs.
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27.2 miles: 40 minutes
Below the Kohala Mountains, Akoni Pule Highway (SR 270) hugs Hawai‘i Island’s scenic North Kohala coastline. The route begins in a lush, tropical area that’s home to two small, stop-worthy towns: Kapa‘au and Hāwī. After you enter a rain shadow and pass Lapakahi State Historical Park and the gated Kohala Ranch community, the landscape takes on a dry, rocky appearance.