Big Island Car Rental

Saddle Road - Hawaii Island - The Big Island

Saddle Road, Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Hawaii Route 200
Saddle Road, Daniel K. Inouye Highway, Hawaii Route 200

Saddle Road crosses the Big Island from Hilo to almost Kailua-Kona. It is named after deceased Senator Daniel K. Inouye and is Hawaii Route 200.

Rental car companies used to prohibit use of their cars on Saddle Road, but most now allow using the road.

Hawaii Route 200
Hawaii Route 200

Saddle Road has it all. Travel very careful on this road. Parts are well paved, other parts not and mostly narrow with the addional hazard of one-lane bridges.  The road ascends to 6,632 feet and is subject to fog.  Traffic, pavement issues, narrow, visibility, one-lane bridge, elevation - drive sensibly.

The highway experiences heavy traffic use as it provides the shortest driving route from Hilo to Kailua-Kona and access to the slopes of Mauna Loa and the Mauna Kea Observatories


We've added the Google map to give you an idea of the distance and perhaps get directions from your location.

Note: This is Hawaii Rt. 200. It is not a highway to under estimate and caution is advised about travel speed.  There is no food or water. We always suggest carrying water to prevent dehydrating.