Hawaii Route 50

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Route 50 marker

Route 50
Kaumualii Highway
Route information
Maintained by HDOT
Length: 32.9 mi[1] (52.9 km)
Major junctions
West end: Pacific Missile Range Facility
East end: Route 56 in Lihue
Highway system

Routes in Hawaii

Route 44 Route 51

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.[2][3]

Route description[edit]

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.[4]

The last major sugar cane plantation on Kauaʻi is along the route west of Waimea.[5] 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.

Major intersections[edit]

The entire route is in Kauai County.

Location Mile[1] km Destinations Notes
  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

References[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing