Hawaii Route 50
|Maintained by HDOT|
|Length:||32.9 mi (52.9 km)|
|West end:||Pacific Missile Range Facility|
|East end:||Route 56 in Lihue|
Route 50 is a 33-mile (53 km) road that stretches from Route 56 at the junction of Rice Street in Lihue to a point approximately 1/5 mile north of the northernmost entrance of the Pacific Missile Range Facility on the western shore of Kauai. It is the longest numbered road on the island of Kauaʻi and is named Kaumualiʻi Highway.
Hawaii Route 50 begins in Lihuʻe and heads west. The road passes through the only major shopping center on the island at the intersection with Route 58. From there, the road passes through the countryside and several small communities. There are numerous agricultural farms and plantations set up along the route. The National Historic Landmark known as Russian Fort Elizabeth is located where the highway crosses the Waimea River.
The last major sugar cane plantation on Kauaʻi is along the route west of Waimea. West of Waimea, Route 50 serves only as an access road to 4 major sites: Pacific Missile Range Facility, Polihale Beach, Kekaha Town, and Waimea Canyon via Route 550. The only public services available west of Waimea are a collection of tourist shops and a convenience store at the base of Route 550. Route 50 is named after Kaumualiʻi, the last king of the island of Kauaʻi.
The entire route is in Kauai County.
|0.0||0.0||Barking Sands Pacific Missile Range Facility Airport||Western terminus of Route 50|
|Kekaha||6.7||10.8||Route 552 north (Alae Road) – Waimea Canyon, Kokee||Southern terminus of Route 552|
|Waimea, Kauai County||9.8||15.8||Route 550 north (Waimea Canyon Road)||Southern terminus of Route 550|
|Eleele||17.2||27.7||Route 540 east (Halewili Road) – McBryde Mill||Western terminus of Route 540|
|Kalaheo||20.7||33.3||Route 540 west (Halewili Road) – Numila||Eastern terminus of Route 540|
|Lawai||22.5||36.2||Route 530 south (Koloa Road)||Northern terminus of Route 530|
|26.3||42.3||Route 520 south (Maluhia Road) – Koloa, Poipu||Northern terminus of Route 520|
|Lihue||32.3||52.0||Route 58 east (Nawiliwili Road) – Nawiliwili, Kalapaki Beach||Western terminus of Route 58|
|32.9||52.9||Route 56 north (Kuhio Highway) / Rice Street||Eastern terminus of Route 56|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
Route map: Bing
- Google (December 18, 2012). "Hawaii Route 50" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- Info on Hawaii 50
- Photos that include a picture of Hawaii Route 50
- Benjamin Levy (August 1978), National Register of Historic Places/National Historic Landmark 1978 Update: Russian Fort (PDF), National Park Service, retrieved 2009-10-30
- Charles Lockwood (June 28, 1987). "An Island that Sums up Hawaii". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
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