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Pololu Valley Lookout

End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Valleys, Lookouts
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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111 reviews 111 reviews
32 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

This is a great view and a hike worth taking. This is pretty much where the road ends on the big Island. There is a small parking lot which seems to be filled up most of the time. We parked in the shoulder and walked to the lookout. There is a trail that leads down to a valley. The hike... More

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

the views are pretty spectacular, make for great pictures...did not like the limited parking spaces as I was driving an SUV on this visit. However,the view is worth it. have hiked down half way to the beach in a previous visit and the view is even better! just make sure you have appropriate footwear..

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fairview Park
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

No where on the Big Island is a disappointment!! We loved every place we visited and the culture is amazing. Everyone was so friendly and willing to share any knowledge they had.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

My wife and I visited and decided to "go for it". Runkeeper said it was 650ft down. The trail is not bad but good shoes with some traction definitely helps. Before you head back up, find yourself a walking stick from one of the many pieces of driftwood on the beach (or grab one for the way down from the... More

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Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

My husband and I are 60 and we did the hike down to black sands beach. As others have said, the view at the end of the road is nothing compared to the views as you descend and once you arrive at black sands beach. We carried backpacks with treats and lots of water and wore sturdy shoes. The very... More

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Absolutely stunning views and great beach for a nice refreshing swim after a short hike down to it. truly a gem to discover

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PA
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200 reviews 200 reviews
46 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Beautiful place. Last couple of miles of road are a little curvy (ok,a LOT curvy) with a couple of 1 lane bridges, but it's worth it. The view is amazing. I only wish we'd had the time to hike down to the beach.

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Fayetteville, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Pololu Valley is one of the more scenic spots on the Big Island (IMHO). As others have pointed out, the lookout itself is located at the end of a road without much of a parking lot. When you arrive the main question is whether to hike down to the beach below (about 400 vertical feet on a badly eroded... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

Stunning. I only walked part way down but I wish I'd had time to go all the way. However, even the view from the top is amazing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Beautiful scenery, but be warned there is no parking lot. When we arrived there were many, many cars parked along the road. It took us some time to find an open spot to park. We were short on time so didn't do the hike, but it was still worth going. After the lookout we stopped at the Makapala Store and... More

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