• Pu`ukohola Heiau

    Pu`ukoholā Heiau

    National Historic Site Hawai'i

Traffic & Travel Tips

Driving on the Mamalahoa Highway on the Island of Hawai'i.

Island Driving

When visitors come to the Island from the U.S. Mainland or from other countries, many do not take into account the long driving distances involved in driving on the Island. The Island of Hawai'i is the largest island in the United States, it contains no interstate highways, speed limits are never over 55mph (usually only 35-45mph) and traffic can often be backed up during peak travel hours.

Planning for the Unexpected

  • Be aware that military convoys, triathlons, road construction and special community events (parades, festivals, etc) can often cause traffic to come to a standstill. It is also advisable to check public transportation schedules ahead of time and to book car/van rentals well in advance. Some visitors arrive on the Island only to find that all the Island's rental vehicles are already reserved.

Did You Know?

Traditional canoe at Festival

Every August Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site holds the Ho'oku'ikahi Establishment Day Hawaiian Cultural Festival. During the two day event, visitors can learn crafts, watch cultural demonstrators and participate in games and activities. More...