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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.
Pololu Valley Lookout reviews
The views of the coast line, beach and mountainside from the lookout point are simply amazing. There is a trail that goes down to the beach making this nearly a full day experience if desired...
The views of the coast line, beach and mountainside from the lookout point are simply amazing. There is a trail that goes down to the beach making this nearly a full day experience if desired... more »
Steep hike. Wear hiking shoes. Bring water. Beautiful views. Always hike every time I am on the Big Island
Steep hike. Wear hiking shoes. Bring water. Beautiful views. Always hike every time I am on the Big Island more »
Was looking for something to do this morning and this lookout was worth the drive. If you are planning to do the hike definitely west the right shoes and bring water. So many folks were out in sandals and no water and that is how accidents happen. I would say the trail is fairly difficult but even half way down there are beautiful views.
Great trail head. 20-30 minutes to the beach and about the same coming up. Not handicap friendly as it is a rough trail in spots, but not a hard hike up or down. The view along the way is absolutely stunning and the beach is very mice as well. Would not feel this is a snorkel type beach, but body boarding and possible surfing would be good.
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