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Pololu Valley Lookout

End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“dead end” (18 reviews)
“bring water” (38 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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"the black sand beach"
in 95 reviews
"dead end"
in 18 reviews
"bring water"
in 38 reviews
"great hike"
in 27 reviews
"road ends"
in 15 reviews
"the big island"
in 94 reviews
"walking stick"
in 17 reviews
"steep trail"
in 10 reviews
"moderate hike"
in 10 reviews
"parking is limited"
in 21 reviews
"hiked down"
in 14 reviews
"trail head"
in 16 reviews
"hiking shoes"
in 19 reviews
"take your time"
in 23 reviews
"decent shape"
in 8 reviews
"jurassic park"
in 11 reviews
"worth the effort"
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Reviewed today via mobile

Get there early to get close parking. We got there at 9 am and got the last spot but on hiking back 3 hours later the parking was all along the road for a quarter mile. Wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy. The hike...More

Thank Cary F
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Pololu Valley Lookout has a magnificent view. Very easy access. Gave it 4 stars because parking is limited. I still highly recommend this place. Great photo opportunities.

Thank Dartagnan C
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Challenging hike but beautiful and worth the views. We're in relatively good shape and did fine, we saw several people on their 70s who managed just fine. Wear good shoes and take your time.

Thank amu1977
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Gorgeous views. You will take lots of your pictures here. It is so stunning. Allow yourself enough time to hike all the way to the bottom. The lava (pumice) rocks and black sand is so cool to see. Take the time to enjoy it at...More

Thank c0family0f4
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of my favorite places on the Big Island was the hike down and back up Pololu Valley. Yes, the lookout is nice, but to catch even more AMAZING view hike at least half way down. The whole way down you’ll find a beauty of...More

1  Thank buffaloplaid
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Much easier on the knees than Waipi'o Valley Lookout as it had switchbacks. Views going down were awesome with plenty of spots to stop and enjoy it. Saw more people at this site but not overly crowded.

Thank jads8627
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Views like you imagine Hawaii would be! Spectacular scenery. Cold rainy day when we were there so we didn't venture down the trail to the beach.

Thank RonInKelowna
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped at the lookout and decided to walk down to the beach. The walk both ways was very hot - no breeze - and the trail is very rocky and uneven. Trail is also dirt - so a sudden rain storm could make the...More

1  Thank Nicholas63
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband hiked down to the beach and enjoyed the walk. Parking is limited. The drive from Hawi is lovely, rural, and 'old Hawaii'.

Thank ABQMiMi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Completely worth the trip and hike down to the beach. Limited parking at the end of Hwy 270 and try to time the trip on a non hazy day (the previous trip several years ago we went was pretty hazy/"voggy") and you will be rewarded...More

Thank Albert L
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A_NIELSEN_987
September 2, 2017|
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Response from JuliePrins | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not on crutches or even someone with bad knees or ankles. It is a very challenging hike due to the steep grade and the terrain.
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IMRAN K
April 5, 2016|
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Response from Matt C |
It would depend on your stamina and strength. It is a fairly steep climb back up. You are not ever climbing as with your hands and knees, but there are three switchbacks and almost constantly climbing as if on stairs.
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Smurfygirl003
November 18, 2015|
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