Hawai`i Roads - HI 200

HI 200

Looking north from HI 200 (Waianuenue Ave.) on Keawe St. NB in Hilo. Keawe may have been an old routing for HI 19, because clearly that bridge has been there for awhile. I am possibly premature in calling this HI 200, because HDOT's website says that HI 200 is "planned" to be taken over from what I presume is county maintenance. Also, HDOT only shows the eastern end of 200 as "Hilo", which could be anything from where Saddle Rd. becomes Kaumana Dr. to the eastern end of Waianuenue Ave. Finally, HI 2000 is supposed to become the rest of HI 200, and then everything east of there would definitely belong the county. (But how do you number that - CR 20? Or does HI finally make this 20 so that can be CR 200?)

Yes, historical stones. The long flat one, the Pinao Stone, was part of an ancient Hawaiian temple, and legend has it that the first man to move the taller stone (the Naha Stone) would be a great uniter and king. Of course, the first man said to have done so was King Kamehameha I, who conquered the Hawaiian Islands and began the hundred-year Kingdom of Hawaii. Since the stone apparently weighs about two and a half tons, it's a fair bet that any man able to move it could have simply scared everyone into calling him king.

Heading away from the shore in Hilo, most if not all roads have white hexagonal signs saying "Leaving Tsunami Evacuation Area." That means you can stop fleeing. Far more amusing are the signs in the other direction, here on Waianuenue Ave. (possible HI 200) EB. See, it's one thing to show someone fleeing from big waves - that reinforces the idea that you're now safe. But when heading downhill, you're really not heading INTO the big waves. It's just that if the big waves come, you'll have to head out.

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