Roads, Gulches, Mud and Peril Along the Hamakua Coast
Did you ever wonder what it was like to travel along the Hamakua Coast before roads were built, or how the highways and other roads along the Hamakua Coast were developed?
The experience of traveling “overland” on the Hamakua coast in the period 1835-1899 is described primarily using quotes from the newspapers of the time, accessed via Newspapers.com and Isabella Bird's account of her 1873 visit, published as Six Months in the Sandwich Islands (1875).
The phases of “road” development between 1835-1899 fit roughly into three periods.
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