Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor

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Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor - Hawaii Island

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Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor tells a story of historic importance through the road’s intrinsic qualities and sets one’s experiences along this Scenic Byway. Trees that served as a demarcation line between the lower lands to the sea and upper lands to the mountains in ancient Hawaii, line the gently curved road.  Buildings represented in the cultural landscape are the result of many cultures coming to Kona over time, each contributing something from their culture toward the history of the area.

Mamalahoa Highway, once the footpath of ancient Hawaiians, encircles the island. The original wording, mamalahoe (paddle) was the law of the splintered paddle, a decision by Kamehameha the Great to neither commit nor permit any more highway robbery in his kingdom. Mamalahoe was later replaced with hoa (friendship) that guaranteed safe passage on the walking trail to all who made their way around the island. Mamalahoa still serves as an important transportation artery at the 1,400 to 1,500 foot elevation. Today it remains a two-lane road with gentle curves where historic, scenic and cultural intrinsic qualities of the district can be viewed.

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Download a Drivers Guide and Brochure here to the Kona Heritage Corridor and Historic Holualoa


The Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor is along Mamalahoa Highway, referred to as County Route 180.

The Northern Boundary of this scenic byway  is the intersection of State  Route 190
( Palani Rd.) and County Route 180 (Mamalahoa Highway).

Travelers driving south on Queen Kaahumanu Highway from the Kona International Airport or resorts along the coastal area should locate and drive east on Hina Lani Street.  This cross street will end approximately 50 feet north of the intersection of State Route 190 (Palani Rd.) and County Route 180 (Mamalahoa) Turn south and look for the sign, Kona Heritage Corridor. At the intersection veer left on to  Mamalahoa Highway.

Persons traveling north on Palani Road will be guided by the sign, Kona Heritage Corridor. Turn right on to  Mamalahoa Highway.

The Southern Boundary of this scenic byway is the intersection of State Route 11 (Kuakini Hwy) and County Route 180 (Mamalahoa). South of this intersection State Route 11 (Kuakini Hwy.) becomes Mamalahoa Highway.

Travelers driving north along Mamalahoa Highway will approach the intersection of Kuakini Hwy and Mamalahoa Hwy. The sign Kona Heritage Corridor is visible at this intersection. 

Travelers driving south on Kuakini Hwy will be directed by the sign Kona Heritage Corridor to turn left onto the Mamalahoa Kona Heritage Corridor.

Download a Drivers Guide and Brochure here to the Kona Heritage Corridor and Historic Holualoa

Corridor Management Plan

Maintaining state designation as a Hawaii Scenic Byway requires the approval of a Corridor Management Plan. The byway sponsor community group, Pulama ia Kona has submitted the following draft for approval to the Hawaii Department of Transportation and the Hawaii Scenic Byways State Advisory Committee.

CMP Narrative - August 2013 (PDF)
CMP Narrative - August 2013 (PDF, 8MB)

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