If you haven’t had a chance to cruise through Kauai’s famous tree tunnel, then here’s a virtual one for the taking. Check out this video clip of driving through the tunnel from Koloa to Lihue:

Of course, it is nowhere near as cool as the “real thing,” but hopefully it quells those Hawaii fantasies a bit. I took that video on our way into Lihue (as a passenger; not the driver!) I couldn’t help but let my eyes wander through the treetop canopies. How beautiful to see the different shades of blue sky peak through the branches. It was almost as if they had been heavy into a two-step.

Daydreaming, I traced the shadows with my eyes. I just love seeing the dark spots on the roadway and tree trunks, as they change shapes. It is almost like watching the clouds blow through and guessing which shapes they make.

Typically, driving through the tunnel will take no more than a couple of minutes. That’s plenty of time to get your own video or snap a few pictures. If you’re headed from Koloa town, the tunnel leads you right onto the main two-lane highway toward Lihue. Otherwise, both ways through the tunnel are just as fascinating.

At night, however, it can be a bit tricky because there are no lights whatsoever. You have to really rely on the lines on the road for guidance; just be careful not to drive too fast. There are some sharp bends in the road that come up pretty quick. Cruise through during a full moon night, and you’ll be in for a treat!


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