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Pololu Valley Lookout

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Address: End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Excellent hike

The view from the lookout is wonderful. If you are able to make the hike down the waterfalls and views are well worth it. If you are walking, make sure you leave enough time... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Speach4tay
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The view from the lookout is wonderful. If you are able to make the hike down the waterfalls and views are well worth it. If you are walking, make sure you leave enough time before sunset to start heading back up.

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Lakeside, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is a must see when on the big island. At the lookout, the hike down is steep unless you are in 4-wheel drive vehicle. No only is there a beautiful black sand beach at the bottom a good hike in and you will see a stunning waterfall. The hike to the falls is about 2 miles and having someone... More 

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The view is stunning, the hike is lovely. A bit steep, so wear good shoes. A friend told me about a lady who wore flip flops and broke her ankle within the first 20 feet of the hike. The trail can be a bit slick, but the beginning is the worst part. So, know that it gets easier from there.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 323 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We drove here from the Mauna Lani Terrace Condos and packed a picnic lunch and carried beach chairs from the condo. The Pololu Lookout parking area is small, with no turnaround at the end of the narrow road leading to the lookout. Most people park on the side of the road before the trail head. The lookout provides a beautiful... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth the drive from wherever you are staying on the island (we were down on the south coast so a long drive). Parking roadside not too much of a problem even if all of the allotted bays are full. The walk down/back up is on uneven ground (no paving of any type) so consider who is in your party.... More 

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Thank Harrison_F_Carter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The hike was ideal.. Somewhat shady, not super difficult and about 1 mile each way. The beach is beautiful and a must-see with the black sands!

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Thank Devin S
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the road into the look out is in good shape the parking area is quite small so many park along the road. However most visitors only spend a view minutes taking a few photos and jump back into their cars and leave so we drove to the end of the road and found a spot. (good advise for many... More 

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Pequannock, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A must visit if in the area on the Big Island. Slow drive to get there but the view was simply amazing. We went on a day when it was very sunny and you saw everything.

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Beijing, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This valley and beach are not emphasized in guidebooks. Thank goodness, because the enjoyment comes from the lack of masses of people. It is frequented more by locals. The walk down to the lava sand beach is fun, many turn back mid-way thinking that they will not be able to climb back up, but it is actually relatively easy!!!

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Thank yasubec
Ormond Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike is strenuous but very much worth the exertion. Plan ahead and take water (or dehydrate & suffer like we did).

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