Sunday, June 16, 2024

Driving on Oahu

Driving in Hawaii is a trip in and of itself. For example, here's the road that winds around the windward side of Oahu. 

Several things can be noted:

  • Oahu has no toll roads. 
  • Plan extra time for heavy traffic.
  • Locals are used to being let into traffic.
  • Most street names are in Hawaiian.
  • Locals use makai (towards the ocean) and mauka (towards the mountains) when giving directions.
  • The roads aren't in the best of shape.

Remember: If you're in a hurry, driving will be a distinctly unpleasant experience for you.

By the way, the best scenic drive on Oahu is from Honolulu to Kailua through the Pali Tunnels. It's only a 15-minute drive. Be sure to stop at the Pali Lookout.

Hope this helps!