You may be surprised to learn that Hawai'i has a "scenic route". I was. Turns out the four-mile stretch off of Highway 9 north of Hilo, just past just past the 7 mile marker, is a cut above the general level of Hawaiian scenicity. It would be lovelier still to actually walk this route. Maybe someday.
The one lane-bridges and low, lava rock walls on either sides of the road and of course the lush vegetation all work to evoke a potent sense of "old Hawai'i".
We stopped at the cute little gallery. The door was open but nobody was home.
An old cemetery is next door.
Random scenes passing by, snapped from the passenger side window.
This road, btw, leads directly to the Hawai'i Tropical Botanic Gardens--an amazing place, and we're going there next.