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Pololu Valley Lookout

End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Valleys, Lookouts, Outdoors
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Arlington, Vermont
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Well worth the hike down would rate as medium to moderate hike took us about 25 minutes to get to bottom. Great views and beach, there were not many people so never crowded. Make sure to bring water and towel and suit as you will want to go in the water. Surf can be rough.

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San Diego, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Follow the highway through Hawi to the end of the road, find a place to park, and enjoy! View of the valley from the top is just fantastic. Hike down is easy; back up is somewhat difficult, but you can take it slow. Bring plenty of water. All-in-all, this hike is worth it!!!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The view at the top of the lookout is already gorgeous - however, it's definitely worth the hike down, you will not regret the breathtaking views and the bottom of the valley meeting the ocean is extraordinary. Tip: if you're coming from the Hilo side consider taking the 250 North to the lookout, the road is windy and elevation is... More

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New Port Richey, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

On our first full day on the Big Island we headed north from our lodging near Kona Airport. We ate lunch at Village Burger is Waimea and then proceeded to Pololu Valley Lookout. It is at the end of 270 road. It very peaceful up there. There is limited parking. The overlook is beautiful. Past the parking lot is a... More

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Allen, Texas
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26 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

It is not enough to reach the end of the highway and to just admire the beach below, you must take this easy hike to descend 400 ft down to the Pololu beach to swim (but do not venture too far), fish, reflect on the swing or just wonder around. It is great to get a photo from the top... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

It was worth the trip. The view was breathtaking. I thought I might have gotten lost on the way there, but turned out I just didn't drive far enough. Once there, you can kind of see Maui and Lanai off in the distance. It's easier to see early in the morning when it's clearer and less humid out. I did... More

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Seattle, WA
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33 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Like everyone else has said there is very little parking but it is worth the stop! We got a late start and arrived at mid-day and what was suppose to be an overcast day turned out to be bright and sunny and hot. Glad we took a couple of bottles of water down with us and saved one for the... More

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Dallas, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

You park at the top and hike down to the black sand, about 30 mins. There is plenty to see/enjoy was you're down there but I recommend walking south along the beach until you reach trails that lead you up the next ridge. There are a series is switchbacks that take you up and down the ridges and all the... More

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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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113 reviews 113 reviews
32 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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