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Introducing Red Road (Highway 137)

Scenic, winding Hwy 137 is nicknamed Red Road because its northern portion is paved with red cinder. It's a swooping, atmospheric drive that periodically dips beneath tunnel-like canopies of milo and hala (pandanus) trees. There are many discreet paths to the shore along this road – take one for a private piece of coast.

Two side roads also make intriguing detours or shortcuts back to Pahoa: Pohoiki Rd connects Hwy 137 with Hwy 132, and it is another of Puna's shaded, mystical roads, winding through thick forest dotted with papaya orchards, mango groves and wild noni (Indian mulberry). When hunger strikes, rock up to the Hot Dog Guy for some bison, reindeer or all-beef hotdogs grilled to order and nestled in a whole wheat bun.

Further south, Kamaʻili Rd connects with Hwy 130, and though less moody, it's a pleasant country ramble.