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Pololu Valley Lookout, Island of Hawaii

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Valley Lookout
Enjoy the view of the valley, ocean, and cliffs from Pololu Valley Lookout on Kohala Mountain. Even though it was once densely populated, the valley is now completely uninhabited and taken over by nature. A short hiking trail leads to the black sand beach at the bottom of the valley. While the hike down is not very difficult and provides some great views, coming back up the steep hill can be tricky. It's important to have adequate footwear and to bring enough water and bug spray. Swimming at the beach is not recommended due to strong currents. If you don't want to try the whole hike, consider at least going down a couple of switchbacks for totally different views from those you get at the top. After the ten parking spaces fill up, you'll have to park along the street, avoiding private property. Arrange your visit to Pololu Valley Lookout and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kapaau using our Kapaau trip generator.
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  • If you like a decent hike and a great beach do not miss this on your trip to the big island! The views are spectacular and beach is very friendly for playing in the waves/body surfing. The experience ...  more »
  • The hike can be difficult for some. I suggest you wear good shoes and take water. The water is beautiful and the sand is dark/black. The surf can be rough. It's is worth the trip if you can make the h...  more »
  • My wife, 17 and 8 year old daughters and I headed out on the advice of the concierge at our resort. After an hour or so scenic drive from Waikoloa Village we made to Pololu. From the free parking area...  more »
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  • Great beach with no one on it!!! Black sand, It is a bit of a hike down (then up) so be prepared. Bring a bottle of water.
  • This is worth driving to and looking at the views, but plan to hike down into the valley (1000') on a dirt trail. It is 25 miles to the Hamakua Macadamia Nut Co Inc, 61-3251 Maluokalani St, Waimea, HI 96743, and 30 miles to the hotels. No parking except along the road.
  • Amazing view over the pololu Valley.
  • Free!! Worth the drive!