Twenty road photos, for western Maui except for the northwest coast (covered by the preceding ), as well as the road to the Haleakala volcano summit, and other places in central Maui. I took all the photos below on my several visits to Maui, except as noted below for several photos contributed by others.
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The east and west portals, respectively, of the 318-foot-long Olowalu Tunnel at mile 10.4 on the Honoapiilani Highway (state route 30), along Maui's southwest coast west of Maalaea Harbor. Built in 1951, this is the oldest highway tunnel in Hawaii. On the mauka (inland) side of each portal is wire netting to keep rocks from falling onto the roadway. (Both photos November 2001; contrast digitally enhanced on part of the photo above left) At mile 22.3 on the Honoapillani Highway north of Lahaina is a pullout with good views of Lanai to the southwest (above left), and Molokai to the northwest (above right). (Both photos November 2001)
The Iao Needle, the top of which is about 2250 feet above sea level, at the end of county route 320 in the Iao Valley just west of Wailuku. Aside from the prominent landmark, Iao Valley is best known for a decisive 1790 battle in Kamehameha the Great's conquest of Maui, where his forces cornered and slaughtered much of the Maui army. (October 1999)
I didn't see any old "by-pass" route shields, like these in Wailuku, anywhere else on the islands (though Kauai currently has some temporary bypass routes, not marked with route shields). The photo on the left was taken on Wells Street, facing west, at Kimpopo Street. Bypass 30 joined main route 30 three blocks to the west where Wells Street ends at High Street, and bypass 34 two blocks to the east at Waiale Drive; bypass 32 was only one block long, to the junction of Kimpopo Street and West Main Street. The photo on the right was taken at the bottom of the Oihana Street off-ramp from eastbound West Main Street to East Main Street, which was part of the old 34 bypass, connecting route 32 to what was then the main route 34 (now state route 340) in Kahului. All three of these bypass routes were within blocks of the main routes. These sign assemblies, plus a few similar ones elsewhere in downtown Wailuku, were still in place in June 2005, only with the route markers missing. (Both photos November 2001)
North of downtown Wailuku, the easternmost segment of the Kahekili Highway meets state route 340 (Waiehu Beach Road to the right, heading back to Kahului, is now signed as state route 3400). Notwithstanding the sign assembly, county route 330 ends here; the Kahekili Highway continues straight ahead, but as a segment of state route 340 (and then later turning into the ). (November 2000, photo courtesy of .)
Market Street through downtown Wailuku, another segment of county route 330, has this old cutout shield along the way, from when it was part of state route 33 back in the 1960s. (November 2000, photo courtesy of .)This "Turtle Crossing" sign was on North Kihei Road (state route 310) on the south Maui coast, on a major turtle migration path between the shore and the Kealia Pond wildlife refuge. The sign was no longer there when I revisited Maui in spring 2005. (March 1999, photo courtesy of , contrast enhanced on sign) Two scenic views from Sun Yat Sen Park, a small roadside park at mile 18.5 near the east end of the Kula Highway (part of state route 37), about 2400 feet above the south Maui coast. The photo above shows two islands offshore: Kahoolawe (the larger one), uninhabited after decades of use as a bombing range, but being restored to civilian use; and Molokini (the smaller one), a semi-circular island whose deep cove is a very popular snorkeling spot. Also shown above, near the center on the shoreline, is the Pu'u Ola'i cinder cone in Makena State Park. The photo below is of the west Maui mountains, across Maalaea Bay. (Both photos November 2001)
An unpaved segment of Waipoli Road, high in upcountry Maui southeast of Kula, on the way to Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area. (November 2001)
I found this ancient shield at the end of what is now county route 390, Olinda Road, on Maui southeast of Makawao in October 1999. As far as I know, there are no route shields like it anywhere else in Hawaii. I don't know whether this is another old standard style for state route shields, or a county or territorial route shield.
Next to Haleakala Crater Road (at this point an unnumbered national park road, continuing from the east end of state route 378), in front of the Haleakala National Park entrance visitor center, is this silversword plant. That unique species is found only in Hawaii at high altitudes, and sometimes hard to find in bloom like this one. (May 2000) Sunrise over the Haleakala Volcano crater, at the visitor center (about 9740 feet altitude), unfortunately on a day when morning clouds filled the crater, To join the crowd convening here for the sunrise, you need to get up very, very early (like 3-4am). Many people try instead to be up here for sunset, which is said to be also spectacular when the weather cooperates. (May 2000)
The two photos above are of the Red Hill summit area within Haleakala National Park (the Pu'u'ula'ula Overlook to the left, the Science Hill observatories to the right). The road to the summit, Haleakala Crater Road, rises to an elevation of about 10000 feet, and is the highest road on Maui. The summit itself is at 10023 feet, Maui's highest point. (Both photos May 2000) Near the national park entrance, this "Nene Crossing" sign alerts visitors to watch out for those birds on Haleakala Crater Road all the way to the summit. The nene are a goose species unique to Hawaii, endangered by among other things their unfortunate habit of walking across highways without looking both ways first -- as one local wag put it, nene are not exactly the Einsteins of the bird world. (May 2005)
This National Park Service sign on the downhill side of Haleakala Crater Road reminds travelers to use their lights when the clouds drop below the summit, as they did on this foggy day. (January 1999, photo courtesy of Teresa Frechette)
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