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“Beautiful Views”

Pololu Valley Lookout
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Reviewed 3 May 2018

We went for a drive on a Sunday afternoon. The weather was overcast and rainy and perfect for exploring parts of the island one might not see. We drove north up Queen K Hwy to see what we could find. We loved the Hawi area and stopped for smoothies at the Kings View Cafe located across the street from the King Kamehameha I birthplace statue. We followed the road to where it dead ends at the Pololu Valley lookout. There is street parking and if you drive to the end of the road you have to turn around which can be tricky if there are a lot of cars. If you have good shoes you can hike down see the beach(it was raining so we didn't attempt to go). It was a great place to take photos and see the rugged coast line. We found some beautiful flowers growing along the road.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank NorCal-traveler08
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

The day we visited was overcast and rainy, so we didn't walk the trail. The view of the valley is very nice, but not great when the rain comes in. The trail looked muddy and slippery, so we did not go down into the valley. Park in the small lot, or along the road.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank VGTravelGirl
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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

I hiked Pololu a few days ago. Drove from Waikoloa Village on a weekday at 8am, which took a little over an hour. It’s a paved road, though narrow and windy as you get closer. It’s very cool to experience the change from dry to lush rain forest. There was plenty of parking and only about 15 people when we arrived (9am-ish) and when we left around 11am it was packed as people were arriving at that time and parked far along the road.

I suggest wearing hiking shoes or boots or at least sneakers. I saw some people in Keens and even slippers, but with some very slippery and steep parts, I was glad I had my hiking shoes on. And that was when it was sunny and warm. Right when I got back into my car, it started raining - like rain rain - not a drizzle and I def. wouldn’t want to be hiking in slippers in those conditions. Plus behind the (awesome) black sand it’s all large rocks so walking in those was easier with shoes.

It’s slippery and somewhat steep but actually an easy hike. Saw families with little ones that were walking themselves - not being carried.

Also bring a rain jacket AND a rain cover for your backpack and for your DSLR. Carry water and pack some snacks; there’s no facilities.

Water is very rough, don’t swim here. The views really are beautiful.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank travel193
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

Spectacular view of the rugged northern Hawaii coastline from the lookout. Took the time to make our way from the overlook down to the valley floor below. Trail steep and slippery in places. Beautiful black sand beach and lush green valley and stream. Well worth the time. Parking was tough the day we went

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 44statesandcounting
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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

Get there early to get close parking. We got there at 9 am and got the last spot but on hiking back 3 hours later the parking was all along the road for a quarter mile. Wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy. The hike is about a mile each way and about 650 feet elevation from top to ocean. Plan on several stops to rest and have plenty of water for the hike out. My wife is 68 and has new artificial knees and made it although much slower than the young people passing us. Spectacular views everywhere. No waterfall anywhere near though. Just enjoy sitting on the rocks or logs and listen to the ocean. Plan about 3 hours at Pololu, an hour and a half to get there from Kona and 2 hours back (via the road down to Waimea- it is awesome. Oh, Try Village Burgers at Parker Ranch Center in Waimea- Yum). makes it take up most of a day. Enjoy.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Cary F
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