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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. Arrange your visit to Pololu Valley Lookout and discover more family-friendly attractions in Kapaau using our Kapaau trip generator.
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  • The hike going down the side of the mountain was a bit intimidating, but well worth the effort! We treated ourselves at the Fresh off the Grid farm market on our way out. A delightful stop! 
  • We were slightly trepidatious after reading some of the comments, but so glad that we did the hike, instead of just visiting the lookout. It is so worthwhile. Yes it's a bit steep, but it's short, and...  more »
  • We visited last week and it was one of the absolute highlights of our trip. The views were breathtaking! We hiked to the bottom, and were so glad we did. The most beautiful valley beside the ocean awa...  more »
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  • One of the most incredible places I have ever been to. Be careful crossing the stream at the bottom of the valley. For the more adventurous, I would highly recommend hiking up the adjacent ridge and down into the second valley called Honokane Nui. Rappelling down the hillside via ropes people have tied in place will be required. A beautiful and tranquil eden and uninhabited beach awaits those intrepid enough...
  • One of the best thing we did was stumbling apon this beach. Thinking it was just a look out we didn't pack anything ... mistake! Bring water ! And I'd suggest going early because the heat going back up in mid day can be cruel but worth it! It's beautiful.
  • This was an excellent hike. It is a beautiful area. Unfortunately it is crowded. The parking situation is poor. We hiked in to the second lookout point, which means down into the valley and then up onto a ridge. It is not overly difficult but the wise will wear good shoes. The path is largely hard packed and slick. The surroundings are tropical and the valley is very peaceful.
  • The hike was ideal.. Somewhat shady, not super difficult and about 1 mile each way. The beach is beautiful and a must-see with the black sands!
  • One of the most beautiful beaches ever. The hike can be treacherous, especially when wet as other reviewers have said. But PLEASE be careful in the surf, especially in the afternoon. My middle-aged father drowned here in the summer of 1987 and he was an experienced swimmer. We later heard from locals who said they wouldn't swim here in the afternoon because the surf gets so rough. I returned in 1998 and it was still one of the most beautiful spots I have ever visited.