The Pi’ilani Highway (or King’s Road) picks up where the road to Hana ends and proves equally breathtaking as it’s predecessor. While the road to Hana is a bit more classically tropical with waterfalls around each bend, the Pi’ilani Highway debuts rugged coastlines, rolling pastures, and periodic lava flows. It felt as if the drive would never, ever end but, in the moment, we weren’t so sure that would be such a bad thing.
Otherwise known as the “back road to Hana,” King’s Road takes contemporary drivers over a narrow, cliff-hugging route – complete with blind turns and pin-thin sections – to deliver them to a landscape so barren and alienesque, and then bucolic, visitors may think they’ve stepped into a dream. And indeed, in many ways they have.
*all photos taken by us