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Pololu Valley Lookout, Island of Hawaii

Categories: Valleys, Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • I was a little pressed for time, so I did not make the hike down to the beach. But from the lookout, the view is simply breathtaking. It’s a small lookout - meaning parking is extremely limited, there...  read more »
  • Pololu Valley Lookout is definitely worth the drive from wherever you're staying on the island. There is a trail down to the black sand beach that is steep but doable. The last half of the trail is ve...  read more »
  • View take your walking shoes, sticks and get downstairs. The path is very roccailleux and can be slippery. Don't forget the water, but the show is beautiful when you're down. It is a pebble beach there is no amenities but worth it
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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...
  • 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.
  • The trail into the valley is great for intermediate hikers but can be a bit slippery! Beautiful black sand beaches await! Spectacular views!
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