Pololu Valley Lookout, Island of Hawaii

Valley Lookout Must See
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 Island of Hawaii trip maker website to get the most from your Island of Hawaii vacation.
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  • The view was lovely though perhaps a little less so than Waipio Lookout. Didn't try trail down to valley.  more »
  • Well worth the drive and the hike down to the beach. To me this is true Hawaii. The views from the top of the trail down to the black sand beach is spectacular. The trail down and then back backup can...  more »
  • Great views. Hike to the beach. Short stop unless you plan to hike the beach. Good stop to view, hike, beach in one day. Plus quaint small towns along the way to round off the day for shops and food.
  • Pololu Valley Lookout isa world class hiking trail that leads to a black sanded beach. Not only is this a must see on the Big Island, but also a very rare and special place. I highly recommend everyone doing this hiking trail. It's not over the top, and kid friendly. If you're lucky the local dog will a company you. Oh and don't miss the free water stand on the way back up.

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