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Address: End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI

One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Beautiful View

At the end of the highway past Hawi and Kapaau you will find the Pololu Lookout. Not much parking available, so we parked up the road. From the top you can see the black sand... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

At the end of the highway past Hawi and Kapaau you will find the Pololu Lookout. Not much parking available, so we parked up the road. From the top you can see the black sand beach and valley below. We decided to hike down to explore. The hike down was alittle steep and would be slippery if it had rained.... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tremendous views of the shore and Kahala mountains, and an easy drive through a small town where you can see King Kamehameha statue as well. And if you are up to it, there is a hike from the lookout point to the shore. Definitely worth the trip.

Thank Gaurav K
Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went early to ensure we could get parking plus beat any possible rain. The trail down to the beach is about 350' feet and well worth it! The black sand is so soft and the being in the valley is so serene. You can hike deeper into the valley if you have time as well. Waves are very strong,... More 

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Miramar, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The parking is at an elevation of 350 ft approx. and you can go down the mostly rocky trail to the ocean level where you'll see a large wooded area and a black sand beach. The hike down is easy and took us about 30 minues, with stops for taking pictures. We spent a good 30-40 minutes at the beach... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This overlook is one side of the valley (the other side is Waipi'O Valley). It was definitely worth the drive up to the Kohala area of the big island. Parking can be tough here since there aren't that many spots, but the views are spectacular! It's the view I think of when I think of Hawaii! Cliffs, pacific ocean and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great views and beautiful beach. Only attempt the hike is you are fit and there is no chance of flash flood.

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Georgetown, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the drive if you love great scenery and photography. Must drive a few miles of narrow, winding road, but the view is worth it. Parking is limited.

Thank Don A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The overlook is truly unbelievable. We went once and it was cloudy/rainy but came back on a clear day. We did the hike down the cliff and it was pretty difficult. It was still pretty wet from the day before. The hike up was easier but as others have said make sure to wear hiking shoes.

Thank Drew K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the long, slow, twisty drive through what appears as a rain forest. The road ends abruptly, pull in and park as quickly as you can. Views from the overlook are awesome. A hiking path down a steep slippery and cautioned terrain would take one to the seaside, however anyone not in very good physical condition should not attempt... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From this point you get nice views of the valley but there is almost nothing else here. It is nice but that is it.

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