Pololu Valley Lookout

5 stars from 9 reviews
Address End of Hwy 270, Kapaau, HI 96755
Part of the Kohala Forest. Great spot with some amazing views.

Features
• General: Cost: Free • General: Photo Opportunity
• Hiking: Hiking • Sightseeing: Great Views

Matt Anderson's Take
Pololu Valley Lookout, located at the end of State Route 270 in the Kapaau area on Hawaii's Big Island, is where you'll see one of the most popular scenic vistas on the Big Island. The view of the ridges along the coastline is spectacular. The Big Island has parts that are breathtakingly beautiful, and this is one of them.


Interestingly, this part of the island was once inhabited by ancient Hawaiians, but this area could never be developed in recent times because of earthquake activity and fear of the dreaded Tsunami.


The Pololu Trail is a steep hiking trail that will take you down a cliff face to the beach below. Pololu Valley Beach has that unique black sand that you see on the volcanic parts of the island. Because of the rough water in this area, snorkeling and swimming is not advised.


The good news is that you're here for the views and the views from the lookout are spectacular, on par with Waipio Valley Lookout.


For those that would like to get a better view of the valley, a helicopter tour can take you to view areas that are inaccessible by foot. Parking is limited, so you may have to walk a little bit to the vista. There are no bathrooms or facilities in the area.
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
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I always like these parts of Hawaii since they are the most natural and untouched. Check it out - It's worth the drive.
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Dave
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 186
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What a look a view! Absolutely beautiful! The only complaint that I had was the parking. It was a tight fit getting in and out of the parking lot which was very small and did not allow for many cars at all. People were trying to pair everywhere just for the chance to get a view, which once again was incredible.
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kellie--1974
Joined: Sep 2016
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This was a very beautiful look out on our travels. We did not take the trail down to the ocean but the views were breathtaking from above. Was fun to visit with the locals that were selling coconuts at the top of the trail and was a fun island treat. Would recommend this stop wish we would have hiked down the trail though.
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Gina D
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 18
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My husband and I hiked Waipio to Waimanu over 30 years ago and in 2015 decided to finally do the other end of the valley. Such a beautiful, picturesque hike. Parking is limited and if you aren't there early in the day you'll walk pretty far just to the trailhead. There are views from the top but take the hike down if you can. The hike is steep and in poor weather could be difficult to navigate with children. Wear sturdy shoes (no slippers) and take water. There is a few view stops along the way down which give an excellent view of the coastline. The black sand beach is pretty (not too crowded on the day we went). Swimming is not recommended (rip currents) but we did see a few surfers! Spend a few hours on the beach it is magical.

We hiked up the other side of the valley towards Honokane Nui (from the beach) but were unable to continue on past the ridge as the trail into the valley was destroyed by an earthquake. Stunning views from here.
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Melody M
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 3
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Picturesque drive and easy hike to a scenic beauty. Mountains, vegetation, ocean, and beach await your arrival. Worth the drive and the walk. Pure Hawaiian beauty!
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Jennifer m
Joined: Jun 2016
Reviews: 6
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This lookout is the definition of Hawaii. It is nature at its best. The first time I visited this spot it was not so crowded and we were able to see whales in the distance! There were people weaving baskets by hand with leaves and while hesitant to purchase I did and they hold up extremely well. (Purchased in 2009 and still perfect). Second trip to this spot was ok. It was way to crowded with no parking.
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Kandy H
Joined: May 2016
Reviews: 47
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We drove up the coast our first day in Hawaii. What a beautiful drive. Go all the way to the end of the road. There is not much room to park. Walk to the end of the road. Can hike down to the beach. We didn't do that.maybe next time. Views into the valley are amazing also.
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Laryssa K
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 3
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One of my favorite hikes on the island. The views are amazing on the short hike down. It can be pretty slippery if it's wet, which is fairly often, but I recommend the hike anyway. Wear hiking shoes or good sneakers. Expect your shoes and the bottom of your pants to get muddy. Take some time to relax on the beach after the hike down. The waves here are often really big, so only go swim if you're a strong swimmer, but it's still a nice place to walk around and watch the waves. Sometimes you'll see surfers in the water.
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Tracy C
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 24
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This was one of my favorite things to do on the Big Island. It's a short hike, about 30 minutes each way to this beautiful beach. It would be a nice place to relax and have some lunch. Part of the trail is shaded. Most people went to the lookout and didn't hike down, but I recommend going down to the beach.
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