The trees look as if they have plotted a slow attack to take over the road. Vines hang down trying to slyly block my way and hinder my vision. The road isn’t straight nor does it have any defined shoulders or boundaries. The asphalt is laid around each tree trunk making the road look like a frayed ribbon blowing in the wind.
The drive around the Puna region of the Big Island is what Sunday drives are made of; curves, views, and solitude all requiring you to slow down and enjoy each minute ticking away in the day. And yes, rather than playing golf in Hawaii like most tourists, I’d much rather spend my day driving down the open road!
Puna is located on the eastern side of the Big Island nestled between the rainy town of Hilo and the volatile Volcanoes National Park. The region is full of energy, both above and below ground. Above ground are the creative, funky residents of the region; the region is home to the artists and the hippies. Below ground is the rumbling lava flow; the region is in the path of the lava flows when the Volcano Goddess, Pele, decides to get angry.
The town of Pahoa is worth a visit and a stop for lunch, however my real joy is simply driving down the secluded coastal roads (Highway 137 and Pohaiki Road). The views are phenomenal and I hardly see another person or car. I am able to pull over, walk out on the rocky coast, and sit taking it all in with no one around.
This road trip through Puna is peaceful, spiritual, and something not to miss. You can see why below.
All photos are available for purchase, simply click on the image for more information.
- An Itinerary for the Big Island of Hawaii
- Rain Forest Hawaii
- Solo Travel Instincts
- Chain of Craters Road: How to Enjoy this Barren Landscape
- Road Trip to Puna on the Big Island Hawaii
- Photo Safari – Hunting for Good Photography in Hawaii
- The Big Island from Above
- Have an Authentic Hawaiian Cowboy Experience Herding Cattle on the Big Island
- Hawaii From Above Photography
- A Place to Call Home on the Big Island
- Farm to Table – Vanilla on the Big Island of Hawaii
- Drive to Mauna Kea
- The Birth of Land on the Big Island Hawaii
- Kailua Kona – Lodging with a Personal Touch
- Honey Happiness on the Big Island