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Pololu Valley Lookout

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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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Yes the road and parking situation is tight. Yes the trail down to the beach is fairly steep and likely a bit scary when its wet. But both lookout and beach are amazing and well... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Yes the road and parking situation is tight. Yes the trail down to the beach is fairly steep and likely a bit scary when its wet. But both lookout and beach are amazing and well worth the effort if you're in the area. The beach at the bottom is not for general swimming but is beautiful and peaceful if you... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We left the Kona area at 8am and arrived at 9am. Despite the lighting not being ideal for photos (as it was rising in the East), but 10am, they were stunning. Twenty minute hike down to the beach (interrupted by many stunning photo opportunities), and then a twenty minute hike up (pending on how fast you go). Loved it! It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The whole drive to Hawi was a nice experience, but the lookout is amazing. Definitely a must see, be sure to go here. We went on a Saturday, so a little crowded. Do this on a weekday, prepare for an overwhelming view!

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Peru, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As most reviews note, the views are amazing; and as most reviews note, parking is horrendous. A bunched up dead end, with almost non-existent space to turn around. Again though, the views are spectacular and worth the hassle.

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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We go to the Lookout each year we come to Hawi. The drive to it is through increasingly wet growth areas (as you've driven around the north end of the Big Island from the "dry" to the "wet". Once at the Lookout, the view is great. Also there is a trail down to the ocean's edge, which, while steep and... More 

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Wasilla, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We actually did not go to the lookout, instead we hiked down to the Black Sand Beach through a series of switchbacks to experience the beach first hand rather than just looking at it from the lookout. It is a fairly steep, rutted, rocky trail that is easily maneuvered by foot but is NOT useable by baby strollers or any... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pololu Valley Lookout is to Hawaii’s NW coast as the Waipi’o Valley Lookout is to its NE coast. These two lookouts are only a few miles apart, but they are not connected by any roads. Both are dramatic viewpoints, and both offer hikes down to the shoreline that are not for the faint-of--heart. It is about an hour to Pololu... More 

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brooklyn ny
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breathtaking view from the lookout. Do the hike down to the shore it's not difficult. Afterward we had coconut water right from the coconut from a local guy at the top of the lookout. So refreshing. Then stopped at Fresh off the grid food truck. Also great.

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

View is amazing and the walk through the lush green is fantastic. Lots of stairs for those with mobility issues, but we did see young and old enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

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Thebes, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a bit difficult to find parking, as the lookout is quite popular. We made our way down the trail, which was not crowded despite the abundance of parked cars. Backpack-wearing hikers were about, presumably wandering deeper into the valley than most. The trail is well-worn, steep in places, and contains a few places of unsure footing. I would... More 

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