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Pololu Valley Lookout

Address: End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Type: Valleys, Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Type: Valleys, Lookouts, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Driving, Hiking, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Richmond, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The view from top is quite scenic however if you hike down to the beach views of the coastline become even more spectacular. You'll descend to the Polulu Valley on a fairly steep trail with plenty of spots to catch views and take photos. Wear runners or shoes with good footing instead of the commonly worn sandals or flip-flops. The... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

You begin 1,000 feet above Pololu Valley, and descend through ironwood trees, muddy streams, marshes and thick hau forest. Our son studies native Hawaiian plants. He would point palapalai, maidenhair, 'awapuhi, guava, waiawi, ti, hapu'u, etc. According to Adams, W, Honolulu Advertiser Sept 2002: • 'Awini, is where Kamehameha I was raised under the name of Pai'ea. • Uakea, the... More 

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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

There were five in our group ranging in age from 52 to 65, in pretty good health. The hike down was a bit intense, pay attention to your footing (loose rocks) and take time to rest. We all had on good athletic shoes, no flip flops in our group. The hike down took about 35 to 45 minutes. The black... More 

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Media, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great view of the valley below with black sand beach as well as the rugged coastline. Need camera with zoom if want close-up photos. There is a trail to the bottom, but warning signs posted about safety - best to have good shoes and stick for this. Spoke to those coming up and some said OK others said was a... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
19 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Over the years I have taken friends and family to Pololu Valley for the day. It takes about 75 minutes to get there. You can either just take a few pictures from the top of the valley or walk down to the valley floor. It's beautiful. There is tons to explore. The beauty of the valley is almost over whelming.... More 

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I would definitely recommend this for a day trip! The views are breathtaking and the hike is worthwhile and a good little work out! After our hike we went back to the beach and the boys (4 men aged 26, good swimmers and quite athletic) went out for a dip to cool off. Before they knew it, they were getting... More 

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Plymouth, Minnesota
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153 reviews 153 reviews
36 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Gorgeous North Kohala Valley that flows into the Pacific Ocean! Wow! A beautiful place to contemplate whatever it is that needs comtemplating! The folks coming up the trail were reporting 30 minutes down (super fit) to 45 minutes down (normal fit) to 60 minutes down (out of shape) with the hike back up approximately twice as long, fyi. Out of... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The highway around the north end of the Big Island ends here. From the description, I expected the cliffs extended down the east side of the island, but nobody tolld us that the valley was so wide. I could see what looked like taro patches. The 3-mile track down into the valley was dry, but poorly maintained, so none of... More 

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Stamford CT
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141 reviews 141 reviews
72 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Drive east from Hawi and you’ll come to the end of the road at Pololu Valley Lookout. Parking is limited but we found a space. Then take the steep but incredibly scenic hike down to the Pololu Bbeach – well worth the 15-20 minute hike up and down. Sneakers work fine; flipflops not so much. Compares favorably to Waipio Valley,... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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38 reviews 38 reviews
33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This is a hike over uneven path with rocks and dirt. It has beautiful views of the cost as you hike down the side getting down to the beach. It is worth getting to the bottom for the beautiful beach and valley view. The hike back up is more challenging so take your time and make sure you bring water.... More 

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