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Pololu Valley Lookout

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Address: End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Beautiful views

Loved the views from the top and all the way down the trail. Black sand beach was wonderful. Wish we had brought something to sit on. But the trail down is long enough that we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Sacramento, California

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Sacramento, California
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Loved the views from the top and all the way down the trail. Black sand beach was wonderful. Wish we had brought something to sit on. But the trail down is long enough that we didn't want to haul much!

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Captain Cook, Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Undeveloped but that is good since it does not get crowded. No facilities so plan ahead. One neighbor has out some snacks/fruit and there is a food stop van along the road in. Try to come on a day when the clouds are gone or light for the best sight-seeing. There is a trail head but be prepared for a... More 

Thank Bobb L
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

worth the hike down to the beach... and worth the steep hike up to the lookout bench... beautiful black sand

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Liberty, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

On our day trip to Waimea, we went to Pololu Valley Lookout. Such a beautiful lookout. Some people were hiking all the way to the other side and it looked like quite a hike, but we just stood and enjoyed the view. Nothing special to do, but we enjoyed the view.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took a drive from South Kahalo to the end of the road, which is the valley overlook. Lots of people and cars, but it was nice to see the beach and waves below and look along the coast towards Hilo. We even saw whales frolicking out in the ocean.

Thank Douglas T
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Super fun, quick way to see an amazing vista. Be sure you have steady footing. Bring a camera and a water bottle. It is WORTH IT! Even the drive to the place is cool. Be sure to stop in Havi for a coffee!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Driving east from Hawi you reach the end of the highway and this lookout. It is a beautiful vista, both toward the ocean and inland. There is a path to the water that is steep in parts and difficult when wet. Well worth a visit.

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We drove up 270 to the lookout at the end of the road. The view down to the water is fantastic. We did not hike down to the beach but saw others doing that. The parking is limited but with patience you can get a spot. It is amazing how the lava cliff drops almost straight down to the water.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike down to the beach is great. Fairly steep, but doable for sure. The view down there is amazing. The beach is rocky, and the sound of the surf clicking the rocks together is cool. Don't stop there though. Hike to the end of the beach, and there is a trail there that leads up the other side of... More 

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Westfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must do adventure! Take the road (Hwy 270) around the north end of the island until it ends. You park your car along the side of the road and walk to a rocky pathway that leads down to a breathtaking valley. The hike is somewhat steep so wear the appropriate shoes and if it has rained, grab... More 

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