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Pololu Valley Lookout, Kapaau

#8 of 52 in Nature in Island of Hawaii
Valley · Lookout
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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  • Its quite the hike to get to the bottom but we walked about 1500 ft just to get some nice views of the black sand beach and the cliffs. Parking can be a bit tough on the side of the road but the...  more »
  • The drive up here from waikoloa village was so beautiful! I loved seeing the contrast between the two sides of the island. The lookout was our first stop after we landed and waited to check into our.....  more »
  • Absolutely breathtaking and stunning. Words cannot describe how absolutely amazing this place is. Although the pictures are amazing, they do not do this place Justice. It is a little bit of a hike, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. It is a little bit more difficult on the way up, but good enough for intermediate hikers. Make sure that you bring sandals when you make it down to the black sand, it's absolutely amazing. On the way down it would be a great idea to have a good pair of hiking boots, or comfortable pair of shoes. It would be a good idea to also pack water and supplies just in case things go awry and you get yourself into a tight situation. Be wary of landslides, and other potential hazards there. But if you feel like an adventurer, this is a must-see.
  • The lookout is stunning, but the view is even better if you hike down to the beach. The hike is a little strenuous on the way up, but most folks should be able to complete it. I did it in flip flops, but I would definitely recommend that you bring a proper pair of boots. The trail is out in the open, so sunscreen and water are also recommended. If you decide that the trail too steep, I would encourage you to go down follow the trail down about a quarter of a mile since the best view of the lookout is about halfway down the trail. It's about a mile if you hike to the beach and back up.

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