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At the Big Island's Kahua Ranch, a view from the clouds
At the Big Island's Kahua Ranch, a view from the clouds

The Big Island beaches are lovely, but it's those magnificent mountains that call my name. I wanted to hop the fences and climb the hills, turn down every country lane to see where it led, go around the next bend in the road because the view might be even better. What was there to discover? A lot, it turned out. One of the best ways to get up close and personal with the mountains of the Big Island is also one of the most scenic. Cutting across the brilliant green upcountry, Highway 250 leads from the town of Waimea across the Kohala Mountains at the 3,200-foot level for close to 20 miles before dropping down to the small north shore towns of Hawi and Kapaau. Along the way are...

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