Pololu Valley Lookout, Island of Hawaii

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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. For Pololu Valley Lookout and beyond, use our Kapaau trip maker website to get the most from your Kapaau vacation.
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  • Take Hwy 270 through Hawi and Kapa’au to the end of the road. Parking is limited, but parking by the side of the road is the norm. There is a lovely lookout over rugged lava cliffs and coast. There is...  more »
  • We took the drive from Waimea up the mountain to the coast. It is a nice drive and the payoff is at Pololu Valley Lookout. It is a spectacular view and well worth the drive.  more »
  • I have done this hike 3 times, and I find the Pololu Valley to have absolutely stunning views of cliffs, valleys, crashing surf, beautiful trees and black sand beaches. It is one of my most favorite p...  more »
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  • The valley was mesmerizing. The hike is really worth. The last bend is where you will get the best view of the valley unless you go deep inside. The black sand beach was amazing and the sand was powder like unlike other black sand beaches on the island. The hike was slippery. Me and my wife both did the hike with reef shoes. But I recommend proper hiking shoes. The first part of the hike was worse than the rest. Once you cross the first turn, it gets better. There are lots of stone on the trail that makes the rest of the trail easy.
  • Very beautiful spot but make sure you actually take the trail down to the beach. The lookout from the top has pretty good views but they get even better as they go down. The area at the bottom has a beautiful forested path that's very pleasing on the eyes.
  • What a lovely gem of a place! Very good for hiking and what a hike! Very stoney terrain, sturdy shoes a must. The view hiking down is wonderful. When you get down (what does it matter, how long it takes - ample photo opportunities) the black sand beach, the lush green trees and river that runs opposite to the ocean. Beautiful ocean bay with rugged cliffs. We saw loads of sand crabs.
  • Absolutely gorgeous! On rainy days the trail down is very slippery. I would not recommend it for older folks without two walking sticks, even then the slip factor needs to be considered. I highly recommend going down into the valley and up the opposite summit. There are two branches there that overlook more beauty. The trail up that summit isn't as slippery when wet, but it can be very muddy, like sink to you ankles in some spots.
  • This is a must skip for tourists visiting Big Island. The view isn't that great and it's a long drive to a remote area with not much else to do. BUT! I do recommend viewing the valley from the other side at Waipio Valley lookout. That view is truly breathtaking! And there's the cute little town of Honoka'a to check out on the way!

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