The Tree Tunnel is a beautiful canopy of Eucalyptus trees and creates a natural gateway to Kauai’s South Shore, and the towns of Koloa a Poipu, you’ll find this one mile stretch of Tree Tunnel when you turn off on Maluhia Road (Hwy. 520) It’s a short scenic drive that you’ll enjoy often on your Kauai vacation.
According to various sources, The Tree Tunnel is about 150 years old. Perhaps these were excess landscaping trees (300 of them?)– a civic-minded donation of Walter Duncan McBryde. Others believe the trees, imported from Australia, were planted by the Knudsen family to help solidify the boggy roadway. Yet another theory holds that the trees were planted to form a windbreak for nearby sugarcane crops. At one time, the tunnel was said to be three miles in length.
While we can’t provide you with a concise history of The Tree Tunnel, we promise that your drive through the tunnel will be awe-inspiring
When you drive Tree Tunnel, roll the car windows down to enjoy this living Kauai treasure. If you stop to take a photo, please park in a safe spot away from blind turns and be very cautious of oncoming traffic from both directions.
One of the most magical times to drive through the Tree Tunnel is at night during a full moon when the eucalyptus glows in the soft light.
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