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Pololu Valley Lookout, Kapaau

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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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  • So we did awini trail to honokane nui. The trail is one way. going down to the Pololu valley, the beach, then going up to Honokane Nui Lookout. It is not very easy hike, however you will NOT REGRET....  more
    So we did awini trail to honokane nui. The trail is one way. going down to the Pololu valley, the beach, then going up to Honokane Nui Lookout. It is not very easy hike, however you will NOT REGRET....  more »
  • Stunning - quintessential Hawaii view. The hike looked enticing but we weren't wearing proper she's for that trek. We plan to go back for that! 
    Stunning - quintessential Hawaii view. The hike looked enticing but we weren't wearing proper she's for that trek. We plan to go back for that!  more »
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  • This is a sublime sacred spot for Hawaiians and visitors alike. Entrance is free but parking is limited to 5 spots so it's all street parking. The hike down is scenic and easy because it is 0.5 mile downhill; however, remember you still have to come back up the same way so conserve your water. When you get down to the valley on the right hand side is a beautiful freshwater pond and there are some rope swings on the trees that kids can enjoy but very hard for adults. The ocean, the enormous cliffs hugging the coastline and the lush green Pololu valley in the background are all surreal together.
  • When I woke up this morning I had no intention of coming to this outlook. But I have to tell you that I’m super glad I did. It was worth the 30 to 40 minute drive for us to get here. Now since I’ve been here I would do this next time. I would pack some hiking shoes and a lunch and I would do the hike down. The kindly lady who is there told me that it’s about a 20 minute hike down. I don’t think it’s the hike down that will strain you, it’s the hike up. I was only wearing sandals so you’re going to want to bring shoes if you do this hike. We’re here in January and I was told that in the summertime the the the sand for the beach. Even if you come here and just take a picture of the view, or soak it and I think you’ll really enjoy it.

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