Stop 1: DIAMOND HEAD STATE MONUMENT
Beginning at Kalakaua & Kapahulu Avenues at Waikiki Beach, take Kalakaua Avenue and bear left onto Monsarrat Avenue ( which becomes Diamond Head Rd.) & go 1.6 mi. to crater entrance road (right side). Turn Right onto entrance road.
Stop 2: HANAUMA BAY NATURE PRESERVE
Turn Right onto Diamond Head Rd. & go short way (0.7 mi.) to Kahala Ave. (stop sign)
Turn Left onto Kahala Ave. & go 1.5 mi. to Kealaolu Ave. (follow signs to Hwy 72E)
Turn Left onto Kealaolu Ave. & go to Hwy 72E
Turn Right onto Hwy 72E &go 6.3 mi.to entrance road
Stop 3: SEA LIFE PARK HAWAII
Return to Hwy 72E
Turn Right onto Hwy 72E & continue 4.5 mi. to Sea Life Park entrance (left side)
Stop 4: NUUANU PALI LOOKOUT
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Turn Left onto Hwy 61S & go 4.8 mi. to Pali Lookout Exit (right side-0.9 mi. beyond tunnel)
Turn Right onto Pali Lookout Exit & go 1.1 mi. to parking lot
Stop 5: BYODO-IN TEMPLE
Turn Right onto Hwy 61N & go 2.3 mi. to Hwy 83W (Kamehameha Hwy)
Turn Left onto Hwy 83W & go 2.3 mi. to Hwy 63
Turn Left onto Hwy 63 & go short way (0.5 mi.) to continuation of Hwy 83W (now called Kahekili Hwy-right side)
Turn Right onto Hwy 83W & go 2.6 mi. to entrance
Turn Left onto entrance road & go short way (0.8 mi.) to parking lot.
Caution: Please don’t disturb the peacocks!
Stop 6: KUALOA PARK
Turn Left onto Hwy 83W & go 7.2 mi. to entrance
Caution: Swim at your own risk-currents, deep holes.
Stop 7: POLYNESIAN CULTURAL CENTER
Turn Right onto Hwy 83W & go 12.2 mi. to Cultural Center entrance (left side-at Mile Marker 19)
A Hawaiian-style theme park-seven model villages designed to authentically recreate ancient Polynesia.
Note: Entry charge, open Mon.-Sat.12:00-9:00, tel.293-3333, restaurants, luau, Polynesian revue, gift shops, restrooms.
Stop 8: KULIMA COVE
Turn Right onto entrance road & go to public parking lot (on right-just before security gate)
A sandy inlet at the Turtle Bay Resort. One of the nicest swimming and snorkeling areas on the north shore.Note: Food concession, showers, restrooms. The cove is located on right when walking toward hotel.
Caution: No lifeguards-swim at your own risk. Inlet has sharp coral bottom, dangerous current beyond buoys.
Stop 9: SUNSET BEACH
Turn Right onto Hwy 83W & go 3.7 mi. to pkg. lot
Note: Lifeguards all year, picnic, restrooms. Caution: Swim at your own risk-very dangerous in winter.
Stop 10: PUU O MAHUKA HEIAU
Turn Left onto Pupukea Rd.& go short way (0.6 mi.) to entrance road (first road on right-at heiau sign)
Turn Right onto entrance road & go short way (0.7 mi.) to pkg. lot
Stop 11: WAIMEA VALLEY AUDUBON CENTER
Turn Left onto Hwy 83W & go short way (0.7 mi.) to park entrance road (left side)
Note: $8.00 entry charge, $2 .00 parking. Open daily 9:30-5:00, tel.638-9199, visitor center, restaurant, snack bar, gift shop, picnic, restrooms.
Caution: Wear hiking shoes on trails.
Stop 12: HALEIWA TOWN
Turn Left onto Hwy 83W & go 4.7 mi. to unpaved pkg. lot in town (right side-opposite Church)
A plantation town that has come of age-old general stores co-exist with modern boutiques, art galleries and eateries.
Note: The “in-spot” on the north shore-great shaved ice!
Stops 13 & 14: DOLE & HELEMANO PLANTATIONS
Bear Left onto Hwy 99S & go 6.2 mi. to Dole Plantation entrance (left side)
Dole Plantation-showcases varieties of pineapples grown worldwide. Be sure to try their pineapple sorbet for $3.95…YUM!! Helemano Plantation-people caring for people in a “real world” work environment.
Enjoy a 8.50 lunch buffet at Helemano Plantation which is 2.08 miles from Dole Plantation.
Note:Dole-open daily 9-5:30, tel. 621-8408, snack bar, gift shop, maze, train tour, restrooms.
END OF DRIVE-RETURN TO WAIKIKI
99S80SH-2SH-1EEXIT 25A:KING ST
(29.1 Mi./50 Mins.)
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