Pololu Valley Lookout
Pololu Valley Lookout
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
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  • lmiller808
    Island of Hawaii, Hawaii127 contributions
    Nice hike
    The day we went it was a little cloudy but that didn't stop the flow of tourists up and down the trail. I would suggest good shoes as the trail can be slippery. A lady coming up gave me a walking stick and I passed it to someone else when I finished. There are several spots to enjoy the view and the trail is nice and wide.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 8, 2020
  • Kelly T
    27 contributions
    Breathtaking
    This is a must do hike and visit on the Big Island. There is limited parking available, so it is best to go early in morning. We arrived shortly after 8:30 a.m.. The hike is strenuous as you navigate switchbacks that have many uneven sized rocks to step on. The trail should take approximately 30 minutes one way at a steady pace. The end of trail takes you to a valley with a breathtaking view of the ocean shoreline with cliffs that even have some waterfalls(they are not close by but a far distance down). We had binoculars that we could view these waterfalls with. There are even some tree swings that our kids tried out. It is very peaceful here.
    Visited March 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2021
  • Brandy P
    Rowlett, Texas14 contributions
    Absolutely a must see and do….Hawaii
    A must to see and do if you are able to walk the Terrain. Good walking shoes are a must, or go barefoot. Beautiful. The walk down to the valley is something you cannot miss. There are cows, that over time have bred on their own and live wild. The black sand beach and waves. I can’t recommend this enough. Bring water. This gem is not easy, but we’ll worth it if you are physically able. If you are not, stop at the lookout and take pictures. It is still a breath taking view.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written October 3, 2021
  • Sonya S
    Rancho Cucamonga, California11 contributions
    Please consider the locals
    This is a beautiful place no doubt. Understandably having a lot of tourists crowd this spot affects locals. The man running the place and warning people of the steep hike back seemed to have had it with disrespectful people. It is only half mile down, pretty rocky, and steep at times. I’m relatively fit but out of caution took about 20 min to go down and a little less time coming up. The black sand was neat to see but the crowd took some away from the experience. If you choose to go down to the beach, do bring water and stay hydrated but there are no bathrooms, so.. There’s that! About half mile back down the road is a park with restrooms.
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2022
  • maitaimike2015
    Laguna Hills, California261 contributions
    Crowded, nice view, plan if your hiking.
    Having been to this lookout pretty much every visit to Hawi, I wasn't expecting much. It is a bit of a drive to the point on a narrowing, winding, road. The parking at the end of # 270 is a zoo on good weather days. It was a little greener this visit. The trail down to the beach can be muddy. Trekking poles, study footwear, & water, if you do. To old, and outta shape, I 'll pass. There are no facilities located here as well. Good photo's if clear and sunny, weeds are getting too high though. Mahalo.
    Visited February 2021
    Written March 15, 2021
  • PhilFrazier
    6 contributions
    Amazing Views! Like you're in a Jurrasic Park movie!
    Amazing views!! It felt like something you'd see in a Jurrasic Park movie! The trip down and back up is steep, but doable if you're in reasonably good shape. The best part is really at the bottom and you won't get the full experience if you just stay at the top. At the bottom there is a magical forest, a black sand beach (not safe for swimming, but cool to see) and a bunch of rope swings hanging from the trees! We brought along hammocks and had a peaceful afternoon enjoying the woods and looking at the waves.
    Visited March 2021
    Written March 29, 2021
  • RichMc31
    Weymouth, Massachusetts37 contributions
    Fantastic views, great walk to bottom
    The lookout is a fantastic spot, definitely worth checking out. From the top it's interesting, if you're up to making the long trek down to the bottom it's definitely worth it. It takes 30-45 minutes (longer on the way back!) to make it all the way down to the beach, and it has its challenges, but it's definitely doable even if you're not a mountain climber. Having walked down on a dry day, when the footing was fine, I would advise against going down on a wet day. But the views on the way down (plenty of places to stop and take photos) and at the beach are really worth it.
    Visited February 2020
    Written April 7, 2020
  • olivia w
    1 contribution
    fun but some reviews are missleading
    This was a very beautiful place to see and be able to experience, but it was very misleading. These trails are definetly not for everyone, since it is a very steep and dangerous hike to the bottom and the person running the place gave us a lot of information about broken ankles and legs. Also, I didnt even get to make it to the bottom while I was there because while I was hiking down someone came running up the trail asking us to call 911 because 5 people were drowning. After I heard that, I immediatly called 911 and went back up the trail. The water and trail are definetly not safe to go on and should only be attempted by people who know what theyre doing.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 5, 2022
  • Susan P
    Broomall, Pennsylvania24 contributions
    Not for the faint of heart
    The lookout has a small parking lot but that's ok because it isn't heavily populated. You can take pictures at the top of the coastline, but it is very worthwhile to hike down at least part way to get views into the Pololu valley. It had been raining hard the day before so the trail, which is always steep and has rocks and roots, was also slippery. We only hiked about half way since we had done a strenuous hike the day before. Wear hiking shoes and use a walking stick (usually a selection at the top). Beautiful scenery.
    Visited January 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written January 18, 2020
  • Kenny Macdonald
    Spokane Valley, Washington618 contributions
    Worth it!
    Beautiful location! Stunning views from the top and quiet and peaceful beauty down the hill at the beach. We last visited 6 years ago when people were camping and habitating the area. Now, it has been cleaned up, no more campers, and much of the valley area is restricted and hikers are asked to remain only on the beach. I appreciate the locals sharing this sacred site and I am hopeful that ALL visitors will be respectful and considerate. Limited parking at the lookout (end of road), but we went early and had no issues. About a 20 minute walk from the parking area to the beach. Take some water. Wear sturdy shoes.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 15, 2023
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Sonya S
Rancho Cucamonga, CA11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
This is a beautiful place no doubt. Understandably having a lot of tourists crowd this spot affects locals. The man running the place and warning people of the steep hike back seemed to have had it with disrespectful people. It is only half mile down, pretty rocky, and steep at times. I’m relatively fit but out of caution took about 20 min to go down and a little less time coming up. The black sand was neat to see but the crowd took some away from the experience. If you choose to go down to the beach, do bring water and stay hydrated but there are no bathrooms, so.. There’s that! About half mile back down the road is a park with restrooms.
Written June 9, 2022
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maitaimike2015
Laguna Hills, CA261 contributions
Feb 2021
Having been to this lookout pretty much every visit to Hawi, I wasn't expecting much. It is a bit of a drive to the point on a narrowing, winding, road. The parking at the end of # 270 is a zoo on good weather days. It was a little greener this visit. The trail down to the beach can be muddy. Trekking poles, study footwear, & water, if you do. To old, and outta shape, I 'll pass. There are no facilities located here as well. Good photo's if clear and sunny, weeds are getting too high though.

Mahalo.
Written March 15, 2021
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PhilFrazier
6 contributions
Mar 2021
Amazing views!! It felt like something you'd see in a Jurrasic Park movie! The trip down and back up is steep, but doable if you're in reasonably good shape. The best part is really at the bottom and you won't get the full experience if you just stay at the top. At the bottom there is a magical forest, a black sand beach (not safe for swimming, but cool to see) and a bunch of rope swings hanging from the trees! We brought along hammocks and had a peaceful afternoon enjoying the woods and looking at the waves.
Written March 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RichMc31
Weymouth, MA37 contributions
Feb 2020
The lookout is a fantastic spot, definitely worth checking out. From the top it's interesting, if you're up to making the long trek down to the bottom it's definitely worth it. It takes 30-45 minutes (longer on the way back!) to make it all the way down to the beach, and it has its challenges, but it's definitely doable even if you're not a mountain climber. Having walked down on a dry day, when the footing was fine, I would advise against going down on a wet day. But the views on the way down (plenty of places to stop and take photos) and at the beach are really worth it.
Written April 7, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

olivia w
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Friends
This was a very beautiful place to see and be able to experience, but it was very misleading. These trails are definetly not for everyone, since it is a very steep and dangerous hike to the bottom and the person running the place gave us a lot of information about broken ankles and legs. Also, I didnt even get to make it to the bottom while I was there because while I was hiking down someone came running up the trail asking us to call 911 because 5 people were drowning. After I heard that, I immediatly called 911 and went back up the trail. The water and trail are definetly not safe to go on and should only be attempted by people who know what theyre doing.
Written July 5, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Susan P
Broomall, PA24 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
The lookout has a small parking lot but that's ok because it isn't heavily populated. You can take pictures at the top of the coastline, but it is very worthwhile to hike down at least part way to get views into the Pololu valley. It had been raining hard the day before so the trail, which is always steep and has rocks and roots, was also slippery. We only hiked about half way since we had done a strenuous hike the day before. Wear hiking shoes and use a walking stick (usually a selection at the top). Beautiful scenery.
Written January 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kenny Macdonald
Spokane Valley, WA618 contributions
Jan 2023
Beautiful location! Stunning views from the top and quiet and peaceful beauty down the hill at the beach. We last visited 6 years ago when people were camping and habitating the area. Now, it has been cleaned up, no more campers, and much of the valley area is restricted and hikers are asked to remain only on the beach. I appreciate the locals sharing this sacred site and I am hopeful that ALL visitors will be respectful and considerate. Limited parking at the lookout (end of road), but we went early and had no issues. About a 20 minute walk from the parking area to the beach. Take some water. Wear sturdy shoes.
Written January 15, 2023
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,551 contributions
Feb 2020
If the clouds cover your view, wait a few minutes as the wind will blow them away. It's a great spot. The only drawback is the parking and traffic. It's is so small and everyone wants to view it. It can get impossible to maneuver with all the big cars around so be patient.
Written February 28, 2020
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Love2Cruise2gether
Anchorage, Alaska20 contributions
Oct 2021
Use a restroom in the nearby town before you hike. There are no restroom facilities once you get to the Pololu Valley Lookout. Parking can be tight but if the lot is full just park along the roadway nearby. This is a beautiful hike, about 15 minutes down a rocky trail to the black sand beach. Another 15 minutes will get you to the far end of that beach, then for the adventurous, take the trail up to the lookout atop the next ridge. This is about a 40 minute hike to incredible views of the next valley. The trail is also rocky and can have short sections that are slightly muddy. Remember, tennis shoes will wash after the hike. At the top of that 2nd ridge is a welcome bench that gives you a breather. After 15-20 minutes on top be careful going downhill through the wet areas. Round trip for 2 seniors (60+) and their son was about 2.5 miles and about 2.5 hours.
Written November 1, 2021
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Travel_the_world11
Clive, IA252 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
It’s a beautiful lookout with views not to be missed. The day we were there it was dry. Hiked down in 23minutes with picture stops, up in 23 too. Steep but doable. There are plenty of steps-like parts. You can pick up a hiking stick - leave at top trail for the next person. Saw people of all ages & abilities. You can do it! Rocky beach area at bottom. Some rope swings. The coastline views are absolutely unique! You can peek at the canyon too. You won’t regret it. Parking is limited. We used side of road. Enjoy!
Written January 19, 2020
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