Introducing Kahakuloa to Waiheʻe
On the outskirts of Kahakuloa, near the 14-mile marker, the hilltop Kaukini Gallery & Gift Shop sells works by more than 120 island artists, with watercolors, jewelry, native-fiber baskets, pottery and more. A locator map on the front lanai tells you how many more narrow miles you need to drive in either direction to reach relative safety.
Past the 10-mile marker look for Turnbull Studios & Sculpture Garden, where you can view Bruce Turnbull’s ambitious bronze and wood creations, as well as the works of other area artists…very cool stuff. If you pass the giraffe, you’ve gone too far. Turn around when you can.
Continuing around beep-as-you-go blind turns, the highway gradually levels out atop sea cliffs. For an Eden-like scene, stop at the pull-off 0.1 miles north of the 8-mile marker and look down into the ravine below, where you’ll see a cascading waterfall framed by double pools.
For a real paniolo (cowboy) experience, saddle up at Mendes Ranch, a working cattle ranch near the 7-mile marker. The picture-perfect scenery on these rides includes everything from jungle valleys to lofty sea cliffs and waterfalls.