Cane Haul Road
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The Most Beautiful Road on Hawaii's Big Island
Cane Haul Road is not your Kohala Coast Drive, which can be raw, craggy, and exotic. This road is something we found completely by accident after our visit to Ka'U Coffee Mill, and it winds ribbon-like along the Southeast coast of the island, where you can stare at the inky Pacific Ocean in the distance. Cane Haul Road is a testament to the old sugarcane industry on the island that sadly disappeared thanks to geopolitical issues and competition. Easily accessed from the District of Pahala, the road is romantic, whimsical, and magical, and something movies are made of. Expect to see nothing for miles except glossy horses, and listen to the strong wind ruffling acres of sugarcane. I encountered plenty of sheep and a long and winding road along the way, and I marveled at the many areas for beautiful photography. The Ka'U Coffee Mill located on Wood Valley Road runs parallel to Cane Haul Road, and in this least populated of all island provinces, you can practically hear the stars. Most of the land is owned by the Edmund C. Olsen Trust, which also owns the coffee mill. Often, serendipity is your best friend.
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