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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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All reviews the black sand beach dead end great hike bring water road ends the big island walking stick parking is limited steep trail moderate hike hiked down hiking shoes trail head take your time decent shape jurassic park short hike
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Well worth the 30 minute hike down, but be well supplied with water! We had one 500mL bottle each and it wasn't nearly enough. You'll see stunning views even on the way down, so if you have to turn back before reaching the bottom, don't...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank writeonOntario
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We had to pick between the Pololu and the Waipi’o Valley hikes due to physical inability to do anything too demanding. Pololu Valley is worth the drive and the sweat both physically and mentally, and it isn’t as demanding as Waipi’o is supposed to be...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TikkiTalk
Reviewed 1 week ago

While visiting the island of Hawai'i on vacation we decided we should hike down the trail in Pololu Valley. We were not disappointed! This was an amazingly beautiful valley with a moderately difficult hiking trail. Wear shoes, not flip flops! The black sand beach at...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank averageidahoan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we arrived it was high tide. A guide book said the view was best half way down the trail so down we went. It hadn't rained in a couple of days but the trail was still slippery and steep. It was worth the risk....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DebW536
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we visited all 4 national parks on the island of Hawaii, we were most impressed by this state park right outside of Hawi. Just take a right on the main road in Hawi and you will be there in 15 min. Parking is roadside...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a short and moderately difficult hike particularly if it has rained recently. We took the hike today and there hadn’t been any rain for 3 days so the trail was mostly dry. It would have been a different story had we had rain...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HawaiiNut02760
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The lookout is nice but a hike down into the valley is a must to truly experience the spectacular views!The 0.9 mile loop trail to the valley is steep and slick in spots, so good soled shoes are recommended. Take a lunch and enjoy a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank adventuredancer
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here in our first full day of sightseeing on the Big Island and wow did it impress!! The trip down to the valley is steep, but we saw everything from overweight older men, barefoot kids, fit 20 somethings, and local teens going down...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RoseTroy3
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This lookout is gorgeous with rolling mountains full of greenery and a black sand beach with huge waves. The lookout itself is a beautiful view! The hike down to the beach is steep and can be slick if raining. There are some walking sticks left...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Chelsea B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We truly enjoyed visiting the Pololu Valley, right from the lookout, to the steep hike both ways, the beach below and the forest trails. Be sure to take water and your camera as the place is truly beautiful. Try the rope swing on the other...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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1 September 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.
4 April 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.
18 November 2015|
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