Driving Tour: Kuhio Highway
- Start Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge
- EndKeʻe Beach
- Length four hours; 17 miles
Begin the day's drive at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, where the plentiful bird life, the swirling sea and the historic Kilauea Lighthouse can't be missed. Look left and you'll see gorgeous Kauapea (Secrets) Beach beckoning. Drive through Kilauea town, stopping to browse at Hunter Gatherer and Lotus Gallery; stroll through the cemetery and check out the stunning stained glass at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church.
Turn right on Kauapea Rd and make a right at the first intersection. Park and follow the trail downhill. Park and follow the trail downhill to Kauapea (Secrets) Beach. If it's summer, take a breath here and go for a swim. Then hump back to your car and hit Kuhio Hwy heading west.
As you descend toward the magical arched bridge that spans the Kalihiwai Valley, the tabletop Albezia trees punctuate a magnificent jade landscape. Oh, yes, you're on the North Shore now. Eight miles later you'll have arrived in Princeville, a manicured development on the bluffs. Pass the Princeville Center and drive on to the weathered shingled cottages of Sealodge, where the sea views are unbroken with whales that spout and breach all winter long. Before leaving Princeville, stop at the Hanalei Valley Lookout, where the Hanalei National Wildlife Refuge unfurls in full view.
3 Haʻena Beach Park
Keep motoring as the narrow road winds along an increasingly breathtaking coastline, the black cliffs dripping with life, and pull into Limahuli Garden.