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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
End of Hwy. 270, Island of Hawaii, HI 96755
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you plan to hike down into Pololu Valley, I'd like to offer my perspective as a local born and raised in Hawaii (there are plenty of accurate details already on the actual hike, from other reviews). This is the birthplace of King Kamehameha, and...More

1  Thank dklmwl
Reviewed 3 days ago

A nice drive but a little out of the way if all you are going to do is take in the view from the lookout. The view is stunning but walking down to the beach is so worth it. Parking is limited so be prepared...More

Thank MJGx2
Reviewed 3 days ago

As a photographer this was high on my list of sights to see and photograph. First, the parking is very limited, so be prepared to wait for someone to leave or you may be forced to try another time. The hike down to the beach...More

Thank CMCarterUSA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The drive to this point is only worth it if you are going to hike down to the beach. Parking is limited. The views are nice, but if you can’t hike down it is a waste of time.

Thank l0rdbens0n
Reviewed 4 days ago

The view from the parking area is nice but to truly enjoy the place, you need to walk down the hill to the beach and if you are up for it, go on to the "Bench" on the top of the next ridge.

Thank eaglecadd
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spot not to be missed. get up early and watch the sun come up. It is a short hike down to the beach, although it is a little steep in places. Totally worth our time to do this. You can see a...More

Thank Rob R
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hiking the Polo'lu Valley will give you a little of everything! Beach views, cliff views, valley views, and river views. A lot of the Big Island's beauty packed into one hike. It's stunning. Now about the trip down to the beach. The hike is short...More

Thank Kasey F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful view even in a tropical storm! There appears to be a path down to the beach but it's steep and slippery and most people we saw coming back had taken a tumble and were covered in mud.... we opted to enjoy the view from...More

Thank Pole2Pole_Images
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Take Hwy 270 to its north east end past Hawi and Kapa'au and you'll discover an incredible view looking down Pololu Valley and the deserted black sand beach several hundred feet below. Due to the recent heavy rains on the Big Island, the trail was...More

2  Thank KLE2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was told to go early as the parking is very limited. Well we lucked out, we arrived around 10:30 am and the small lot was full, but we lucked out as someone was leaving as we arrived. Nice view at the top, but you...More

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September 1, 2017|
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Response from JuliePrins | Reviewed this property |
Definitely not on crutches or even someone with bad knees or ankles. It is a very challenging hike due to the steep grade and the terrain.
April 4, 2016|
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Response from Matt C |
It would depend on your stamina and strength. It is a fairly steep climb back up. You are not ever climbing as with your hands and knees, but there are three switchbacks and almost constantly climbing as if on stairs.
November 17, 2015|
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