Minimum 4 Hours.
– From Big Island Motorcycle Co. in Waikoloa, head north on Hwy 19 by taking a left at the traffic signal.
– After about 10 miles you will reach a T intersection, take a left onto Hwy 270 toward Hawi.
– You will want to explore the towns of Hawi and Kapa’au, about another 30 miles. Very cute restaurants, galleries, and shops. The King Kamehameha statue is in Kapa’au.
– Keep going on 270 until the road ends, this is Pololu Valley.
– You can hike down into Pololu Valley if you wish and check out the very beautiful black sand beach (not good for swimming though). This takes about an hour round trip if you don’t hang at the beach for very long. The trail is steep but quick and manageable for most ability levels.
– From here you will want to find Hwy 250 toward Waimea. You will have to back track a few miles and look for the signs on your left. If you miss the first turn-off, there is another one in the town of Hawi.
– Hwy 250 is our favorite ride on the island. Twisty roads, sparse traffic, and stunning scenery make it a must-ride. This highway runs along the spine of the Kohala mountains so it’s cool and shady and you will be able to see the landscape all the way down to the ocean. Gorgeous.
– At the T intersection make a left. Then make another left at the traffic light onto Hwy 19 toward Honokaa. You will be in the town of Waimea. There are many places to stop and have a bite here as well as good shopping and even a visit to the historic Parker Ranch.
– Continue on Hwy 19 toward Honokaa for about 13 miles and make a left onto Plumeria St (look for the signs that say Honokaa and Waipio Valley).
– Make another left at the stop sign onto Waipio Road. Take this road about 7 miles, following the signs to Waipio Valley.
– You can enjoy the views of Waipio Valley from the overlook but you will not be able to ride into the valley on your motorcycle. The grade is very steep and the park rangers will stop you anyway. If you wish to go into the valley, you can walk down (a mile down, very tough, especially on the way back up) or catch a ride from someone in a 4WD.
– You will want to check out Honokaa town (the town you passed through when you made a L at the stop sign to get to Waipio). They have some fun shops and Tex’s Drive In makes the best malasadas (Portugese Donuts).
– To get back to Big Island Motorcycle Co. get back to Hwy 19 and head toward Waimea. You will have to make a right onto Lindsey St. to stay on Hwy 19 then after 10 miles you will need to make a left to stay on Hwy 19 (toward Kona). Turn right onto Waikoloa Beach Drive after another 10 miles and find us in the Kings’ Shops.