Hilo-Hamakua Heritage Coastline Drive


Hawaii's often narrow, winding highways required engineering prowess to create, but they're not always designed for high-speed travel. Instead, they offer many scenic views and pass through interesting historical areas. To help visitors enjoy the sights on the "Big Island," the state has marked a 45-mile segment of Highway 19 with brown-and-white signs featuring a sugar cane tassel logo. The signs indicate 14 points of interest where visitors are urged to explore the local area. The Onomea Scenic Route, between mile posts 7 and 11, is a segment of the "old" Hawaii Belt Road and includes a section of the original Alaloa Coastal Trail.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Hilo, the eastern gateway to the Big Island, is built around Hilo Bay. Twice it has been inundated by giant tidal waves, or tsunamis. Displays at the Pacific Tsunami Museum on Bayfront Drive give visitors a picture of the havoc wreaked in 1946 and 1960 by the powerful and deadly walls of water.