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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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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

One of the most (If not the most) breathtaking and stunningly beautiful beach I have ever been to. My wife and I visited this beach during our honeymoon to the Big Island. We took highway 270 north until we couldn't drive any further, parked in a small lot and walked down to the beach below. For over an hour we... More

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Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The directions are simple. Take highway 270 east until it ends. There may not be any parking spaces available in the small lot, but you can turn around and park on the side of the road and walk back to the overlook. And what an overlook it is! I spent three weeks on the Big Island exploring nearly every corner... More

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Massachusett
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The descriptions of the famous Waipio Valley sounded fabulous but it was far to get there from the west coast and we'd read locals might not be thrilled, plus the hike described made it offputting. Our car rental agent recommended Pololu instead and we were amazed. If Waipio is better, who knows, but this will not disappoint. It was a... More

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Annapolis, MD
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I am not in great shape but I wanted to see this view. I did read that there was a good view about half way down. Anyway we drove out here and started walking down the path. I knew that if I went all the way down it would take me a long time to get back up. My kids... More

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Prince George, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The drive was long from Kailua-Kona but the view at the end was well worth the long drive and somewhat challenging hike. We were on the Big Island for our 25th anniversary so we are not spring chickens and were able to do the hike down and up without any issues. We are pretty average as far as fitness goes... More

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California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

This overlook is not as famous as the one to the east, but it is just as beautiful. Parking is an issue at various times during the day, but with a little patience it all works out. There is a very steep, dirt path that leads down to the valley floor. It can be tough going down, but is even... More

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Massachusetts
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We drove the north shore and came across the lookout. We realized you can hike down at your own risk. Well worth it and I did it in flip flops. Really, use sneakers, smarter. Going down was harder, going up easier but very hot and humid. Takes about 30 mins to go down. Get to the bottom you walk through... More

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New Mexico
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The view from the top of the lookout is nice, but to experience the attraction you need to follow the trail down to the beach and valley. It's a winding trail, which makes it longer and not so steep, and it's rocky in places, but on the way down and up we saw people with flip flops, people carrying babies,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We are in our 60's and in good shape. The hike down to the black sand beach here was not too difficult and affords beautiful views on the way down. We hung out on the beach for awhile just enjoying the ocean and the serenity of the valley. The hike back up required a few breaks as it was pretty... More

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CA
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We did this hike about 4 years ago, and I think the footings have improved a bit. Absolutely stunning view! I made it wearing flip flops, but had to be pretty careful when rain caused the ground to be slippery. Bamboo is a great restaurant in the town of Hawi, but it is closed on Monday. Pick any other day... More

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