Have you driven through the 4 mile scenic route along the Old Mamalaha Highway? If you enjoy rain forests, back roads and historic bridges then this is the drive for you! As you turn off the main highway along the 4 mile route coming from the Hilo direction, you will find yourself immersed in the towering trees and foliage along both sides of the winding road. This two lane highway was once the main thoroughfare along the Hamakua coast and into Hilo.
As you continue driving the route will lead you to the Onomea Bay lookout and the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens (both beautiful stops along the way). Onomea Bay was once home to a small plantation community during Hawaii's sugar cane era.
Some of our favorite parts of the old highway are the one lane bridges that cross over the rivers and streams under the road. Be mindful of oncoming traffic and park in one of the many pull off areas when stopping to take in the magnificent views.
Top off your adventure by stopping into Low Store along the beginning or end of the route! We are located at the north end of the Old Mamalahoa Highway. You'll spot our grey building with a green roof, right on the corner of Kulaimano Road and the Old Mamalahoa Highway. We are directly across from the ocean and Pepe'ekeo Park. Order a delicious smoothie, shave ice, or lunch plate and enjoy the ocean breeze. We love to share plantation era history and local stories as well as fun ideas for what to do in the area! We look forward to seeing you soon.