Pololu Valley Lookout, Island of Hawaii

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#8 of 40 in Nature in Island of Hawaii
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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  • August 10, 2017
    this is a steep hike down to a beautiful black beach....several hikers do this while you do.....well marked, great views, and great exercise..this is a must do on big island  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Be prepared to have some parking issues if you go later in the day. The view from above is awesome. Take some good shoes and water so you can also hike down to the awesome beach below. The hike is a l...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    Great place for photos overlooking the coast. However, to get that special moment hike down for a little swimming and more photos. Beware of return hike. No problem if you are in shape. If you have an...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • June 29, 2017
    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.
  • March 14, 2017
    Amazing view over the pololu Valley.
  • March 15, 2017
    Free!! Worth the drive!

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