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Address: Holualoa, Island of Hawaii, HI

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A view of Old Hawaii and Great Art

So close to Kona but a world away, walk through the little town of Holualoa and visit the art galleries - spot and have lunch at Holuakoa Cafe.

Reviewed 13 September 2016
Rose-Marie G
Holualoa, Hawaii
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Holualoa, Hawaii
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

So close to Kona but a world away, walk through the little town of Holualoa and visit the art galleries - spot and have lunch at Holuakoa Cafe.

Thank Rose-Marie G
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2016

First the route itself is just a lovely drive with lush surroundings. There are numerous original buildings with historical background. Gives you insight into Hawaiian and Japanese development of this gallery. Some good restaurants and galleries. Won't take a whole day but we spent a very enjoyable morning there. I hope this area can be preserved rather than seeing demolition... More 

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Jamestown, Rhode Island
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Reviewed 14 July 2015

Out of busy town. Great coffee (especially the bold). Friendly & knowledgeable guide. Free banana from their tree.

Thank Hawaiitrip2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2015

I picked up this historic route at Highway 180 having driven from Hilo as I was staying near Holualoa (later it merges into Highway 11 - the Beltway). It is a delightful drive, but the road does have a lot of bends and the speed limit is 30mph in many places. The foliage and views along the roadway are lovely... More 

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washington state
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199 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2014

If you miss this drive you will not have a sense of the real big island before all the tourist development. This is old Hawaii and I hope it can be preserved.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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71 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

We took this route to get to another destination. The views were nice. An occasional view of the ocean. Nice foliage. The town area was nothing to write home about. I can see how at one time it may have attracted visitors but your not missing anything if you just slow down while driving through. I do highly recommend the... More 

Thank Q G
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2014

Got it from a tourist book. Beautiful hidden gem. Nice scenic route, local cute shops and restaurants, local gems, nice people...

Thank Aburel
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

This historic road (also known as Highway 180) is a delight to drive. It is only a few miles, the best part being between the old Hawaiiana town of Holualoa (famous for its art local art galleries, coffee farms and coffee roasters) until it merges into Highway 11 (also known as the Beltway) near Captain Cook. The foliage along the... More 

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