Pololu Valley Lookout
Pololu Valley Lookout
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Craig A
    326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful!
    We went here twice. The first time the trail was closed due to weather and trail conditions. We were finally able to make the trip down; it's not for those that are immobile or have health issues. The hike down is one thing, but the climb back up can be a workout. This is not a place to swim either. The people at the top tell you the risks, but even if you don't venture down the trail the view is breathtaking!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Ind
    Houston, Texas84 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous view
    There is a 1 mile hike down the hill which takes you to the black sand beach and it is well worth the hike. It took us one hour to get here, one and half hour to go down the hike. We enjoyed sitting by the ocean watching the waves then hiked back up.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • mojoman79
    Strathmore, Canada141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trail with a view!
    Anything free in Hawaii is great! This was a great way to spend an afternoon waiting for our hotel check in. Drive was nice and little traffic. Trail is a bit rough but very scenic!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 12, 2023
  • fineshot2000
    Marquette, Michigan1,227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view & hike to the beach
    Amazing view from the lookout & hike down to the gorgeous, rocky beach. Bring good hiking shoes as the trail is steep and can be slippery even when dry. The hike down takes about 20 minutes and 40 minutes coming back. Guides at the top will give you trail information. Please respect this Hawaiian sacred valley & burial site and don’t cross the ropes. Stick to the beach area. Parking can be a challenge as it’s very popular. Absolutely worth it!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 2, 2024
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Sonya S
Rancho Cucamonga, CA17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
This is a beautiful place no doubt. Understandably having a lot of tourists crowd this spot affects locals. The man running the place and warning people of the steep hike back seemed to have had it with disrespectful people. It is only half mile down, pretty rocky, and steep at times. I’m relatively fit but out of caution took about 20 min to go down and a little less time coming up. The black sand was neat to see but the crowd took some away from the experience. If you choose to go down to the beach, do bring water and stay hydrated but there are no bathrooms, so.. There’s that! About half mile back down the road is a park with restrooms.
Written June 9, 2022
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Having been to this lookout pretty much every visit to Hawi, I wasn't expecting much. It is a bit of a drive to the point on a narrowing, winding, road. The parking at the end of # 270 is a zoo on good weather days. It was a little greener this visit. The trail down to the beach can be muddy. Trekking poles, study footwear, & water, if you do. To old, and outta shape, I 'll pass. There are no facilities located here as well. Good photo's if clear and sunny, weeds are getting too high though.

Mahalo.
Written March 15, 2021
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VncrCanada
Vancouver, Canada232 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The view was gorgeous, it was nice and sunny out over the ocean when we there, with cloud over the lovely lush valley. But the parking was crazy and confusing! The parking lot itself is very small so there were locals there, directing traffic and telling visitors they can only park for 10 minutes to enjoy the view. They were pretty strict about kicking us out when we only overstayed by about 5 minutes so that we could grab a quick snack out of our cooler. We figured out after the fact that if you want to stay longer, or hike down to the beach you have to park along the road, well outside the small parking lot. We didn’t bother trying to squeeze in along the road and do the hike as the road was very congested with cars and we did not bring proper shoes for the trail, it looked very steep. There are no washrooms but other reviewers said that a park down the road has them. It might be preferable to park at the park then walk along the road to the lookout, being careful to dodge the traffic congestion. The last few miles of road before the lookout are narrow with a lot of one lane bridges, take care around the curves.
Written October 28, 2023
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georgeedwardd2016
San Diego, CA2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I completely agree with an earlier review where the person felt unwelcome. I had a similar experience on 6/25/24, when I arrived to do the Pololu Beach hike. I was met by two volunteers who pretend to be stewards, but in reality are there to discourage hikers. From my first interaction, their tone was hostile. Warning me about the difficulty of the hike, not to relieve myself on the trail and how I will be fined $250. Also, The older woman volunteer said this is the sacred land of her ancestors who are buried there and not to trespass beyond the roped off areas. I should mention I observed one of her compatriots enter the forbidden area at the beach she so sternly warned me against. These volunteers have no legal authority and are there to make it difficult for tourists. I laughed about them telling me about the difficulty of the hike since I have done Grand Canyon and half Dome in Yosemite.
Written June 27, 2024
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PhilFrazier
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Amazing views!! It felt like something you'd see in a Jurrasic Park movie! The trip down and back up is steep, but doable if you're in reasonably good shape. The best part is really at the bottom and you won't get the full experience if you just stay at the top. At the bottom there is a magical forest, a black sand beach (not safe for swimming, but cool to see) and a bunch of rope swings hanging from the trees! We brought along hammocks and had a peaceful afternoon enjoying the woods and looking at the waves.
Written March 29, 2021
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RichMc31
Weymouth, MA37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The lookout is a fantastic spot, definitely worth checking out. From the top it's interesting, if you're up to making the long trek down to the bottom it's definitely worth it. It takes 30-45 minutes (longer on the way back!) to make it all the way down to the beach, and it has its challenges, but it's definitely doable even if you're not a mountain climber. Having walked down on a dry day, when the footing was fine, I would advise against going down on a wet day. But the views on the way down (plenty of places to stop and take photos) and at the beach are really worth it.
Written April 7, 2020
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olivia w
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
This was a very beautiful place to see and be able to experience, but it was very misleading. These trails are definetly not for everyone, since it is a very steep and dangerous hike to the bottom and the person running the place gave us a lot of information about broken ankles and legs. Also, I didnt even get to make it to the bottom while I was there because while I was hiking down someone came running up the trail asking us to call 911 because 5 people were drowning. After I heard that, I immediatly called 911 and went back up the trail. The water and trail are definetly not safe to go on and should only be attempted by people who know what theyre doing.
Written July 5, 2022
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Susan P
Broomall, PA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The lookout has a small parking lot but that's ok because it isn't heavily populated. You can take pictures at the top of the coastline, but it is very worthwhile to hike down at least part way to get views into the Pololu valley. It had been raining hard the day before so the trail, which is always steep and has rocks and roots, was also slippery. We only hiked about half way since we had done a strenuous hike the day before. Wear hiking shoes and use a walking stick (usually a selection at the top). Beautiful scenery.
Written January 18, 2020
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Kenny Macdonald
Spokane Valley, WA609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Beautiful location! Stunning views from the top and quiet and peaceful beauty down the hill at the beach. We last visited 6 years ago when people were camping and habitating the area. Now, it has been cleaned up, no more campers, and much of the valley area is restricted and hikers are asked to remain only on the beach. I appreciate the locals sharing this sacred site and I am hopeful that ALL visitors will be respectful and considerate. Limited parking at the lookout (end of road), but we went early and had no issues. About a 20 minute walk from the parking area to the beach. Take some water. Wear sturdy shoes.
Written January 15, 2023
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,518 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If the clouds cover your view, wait a few minutes as the wind will blow them away. It's a great spot. The only drawback is the parking and traffic. It's is so small and everyone wants to view it. It can get impossible to maneuver with all the big cars around so be patient.
Written February 28, 2020
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