Pololu Valley Lookout
Pololu Valley Lookout
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One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • JDSoui
    Tampa, Florida6,493 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    incredible Views
    The views of the coast line, beach and mountainside from the lookout point are simply amazing. There is a trail that goes down to the beach making this nearly a full day experience if desired. Overall a wonderful view of the coast and mountainside.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 March 2023
  • RandyRoss
    Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views!
    The Pololu Valley Lookout is at the very end of the road that goes through Kapa'au where the original statue of King Kamehameha I is located. It offers beautiful views of the ocean and the cliffs created when Kohala Volcano (the oldest volcano on the big island) suffered a massive landslide. Parking is very limited at the lookout, so we stopped along the road to take photos in case we could not park at the end. However, we did get a parking spot at the actual lookout and took a photo from there.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2023
  • Garmer
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike to the sea
    This is currently the only access near the Waipio Valley that visitors can still use. You can view the beach and valley from the lookout, but you have to do the hike to the ocean to truly appreciate the beauty of this place. The trail is steep and heavily trafficked. There is no safe swimming here, just incredible photos and more hiking. Wear sturdy shoes, and we also used hiking poles. The trail can be slippery and has loose stones, but most anyone can do it. Bring water. There are no bathrooms.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Savvy5
    Atlanta, Georgia8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views!
    At the end of the road, you stop a gaze out at the spectacular view! If it's not raining, we highly recommend the hike to the bottom of the canyon to the black sand beach. It's steep but well worth the hike down.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Ravenito
    Charlotte, North Carolina494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a view!
    Man, it's a bit of a drive to get all the way out here but it's absolutely worth it. Plus the drive itself is pretty scenic so the time passes pretty quickly. And the view, man, what a great view. I chose not to hike down to the bottom but it looked like it would be a great view from down there. The view from up top is pretty spectacular though, very happy I stopped by here on the way back to Kona.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 June 2023
  • travel55Seattle
    Saint Louis, Missouri195 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views and hike
    If you are physically capable, this is worth the drive. We did a preliminary visit to talk to the reserve staff and make sure we could still hike down (it had been over a dozen years since we last visited). Based on the gentleman’s recommendation, we returned a few days later, pre dawn and watch the sun come up. Oh my, what a special occasion! After the sun was sufficiently up and it was safe we put our hiking boots on and hiked down. The shoreline, cliffs and crashing waves were all wonderful photo ops. Along the way down we saw wild lime trees along with many other wonderful plants. Please remember to “carry in/out” your trash. There is nothing worse to wreck nature than humans trash! A big thank you to the forest reserve men and women who work this beautiful lookout! Stop along the way to look in the unique shops and maybe grad a bite and some Kona coffee in Hawi.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 June 2023
  • Craig A
    288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunningly beautiful!
    We went here twice. The first time the trail was closed due to weather and trail conditions. We were finally able to make the trip down; it's not for those that are immobile or have health issues. The hike down is one thing, but the climb back up can be a workout. This is not a place to swim either. The people at the top tell you the risks, but even if you don't venture down the trail the view is breathtaking!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Ind
    Houston, Texas91 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous view
    There is a 1 mile hike down the hill which takes you to the black sand beach and it is well worth the hike. It took us one hour to get here, one and half hour to go down the hike. We enjoyed sitting by the ocean watching the waves then hiked back up.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • mojoman79
    Strathmore, Canada80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trail with a view!
    Anything free in Hawaii is great! This was a great way to spend an afternoon waiting for our hotel check in. Drive was nice and little traffic. Trail is a bit rough but very scenic!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • fineshot2000
    Marquette, Michigan1,212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing view & hike to the beach
    Amazing view from the lookout & hike down to the gorgeous, rocky beach. Bring good hiking shoes as the trail is steep and can be slippery even when dry. The hike down takes about 20 minutes and 40 minutes coming back. Guides at the top will give you trail information. Please respect this Hawaiian sacred valley & burial site and don’t cross the ropes. Stick to the beach area. Parking can be a challenge as it’s very popular. Absolutely worth it!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 February 2024
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fineshot2000
Marquette, MI1,212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Amazing view from the lookout & hike down to the gorgeous, rocky beach. Bring good hiking shoes as the trail is steep and can be slippery even when dry. The hike down takes about 20 minutes and 40 minutes coming back. Guides at the top will give you trail information. Please respect this Hawaiian sacred valley & burial site and don’t cross the ropes. Stick to the beach area. Parking can be a challenge as it’s very popular. Absolutely worth it!
Written 2 February 2024
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Andy
Bellevue, WA244 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Small parking lot. A lot of people park on the street leading up to the parking lot and trailhead. It might be worth it to go all the way up. There are volunteers there that help spread information about the sacred land in the valley. It's a steep hike down and up, and probably around 40min to 1hr if you're not too slow or in a rush.

The volunteers there help guide the parking situation, save a few toward the end for hikers, and the few towards the front for people who just want to be there for 10min or so for the view. Overall a good experience, and the views are breathless.
Written 3 December 2023
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Eric H
Moose Pass, AK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Beautiful view from the top of the hill but the real treasure is the hike down to the valley. There are several switchbacks that make it fairly easy to navigate if it is dry. Once you get to the bottom there is a gorgeous valley and a nice beach as well. The ropes on the other side of the beach protect a burial ground that is sacred to the Hawaiian people so be respectful. Take some pictures and stroll around a bit. King Kamehameha I grew up here so there is a very real connection to Hawaiian history. If you want beautiful views and towering sea side cliffs and mountains it will not disappoint. If you are looking for a little Hawaiian cultural education check out the Kamehameha Statue in town. The interpretive signs around the community center are informative.
Written 1 December 2023
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smhr
Pickering, Canada277 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The views are nice and the road to get here is nice as well. But the place is far away and though nice, I dont think its spectacular.

You can hike to the base of the valley. We were told that it will take 2 hours to do so and we didnt do it.

There is no parking or entrance fee.
Written 14 November 2023
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VncrCanada
Vancouver, Canada230 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The view was gorgeous, it was nice and sunny out over the ocean when we there, with cloud over the lovely lush valley. But the parking was crazy and confusing! The parking lot itself is very small so there were locals there, directing traffic and telling visitors they can only park for 10 minutes to enjoy the view. They were pretty strict about kicking us out when we only overstayed by about 5 minutes so that we could grab a quick snack out of our cooler. We figured out after the fact that if you want to stay longer, or hike down to the beach you have to park along the road, well outside the small parking lot. We didn’t bother trying to squeeze in along the road and do the hike as the road was very congested with cars and we did not bring proper shoes for the trail, it looked very steep. There are no washrooms but other reviewers said that a park down the road has them. It might be preferable to park at the park then walk along the road to the lookout, being careful to dodge the traffic congestion. The last few miles of road before the lookout are narrow with a lot of one lane bridges, take care around the curves.
Written 28 October 2023
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Jeremy C
Atlanta, GA883 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This a great stop with wonderful views of the valley a small beach. Even without doing the steep hike down to the beach, this is highly recommended.
Written 17 October 2023
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mojoman79
Strathmore, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Anything free in Hawaii is great! This was a great way to spend an afternoon waiting for our hotel check in. Drive was nice and little traffic. Trail is a bit rough but very scenic!
Written 13 October 2023
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Ind
Houston, TX91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There is a 1 mile hike down the hill which takes you to the black sand beach and it is well worth the hike. It took us one hour to get here, one and half hour to go down the hike. We enjoyed sitting by the ocean watching the waves then hiked back up.
Written 7 September 2023
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Craig A
Wisconsin288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We went here twice. The first time the trail was closed due to weather and trail conditions. We were finally able to make the trip down; it's not for those that are immobile or have health issues. The hike down is one thing, but the climb back up can be a workout. This is not a place to swim either. The people at the top tell you the risks, but even if you don't venture down the trail the view is breathtaking!
Written 9 August 2023
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travel55Seattle
Saint Louis, MO195 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
If you are physically capable, this is worth the drive. We did a preliminary visit to talk to the reserve staff and make sure we could still hike down (it had been over a dozen years since we last visited). Based on the gentleman’s recommendation, we returned a few days later, pre dawn and watch the sun come up. Oh my, what a special occasion! After the sun was sufficiently up and it was safe we put our hiking boots on and hiked down. The shoreline, cliffs and crashing waves were all wonderful photo ops. Along the way down we saw wild lime trees along with many other wonderful plants. Please remember to “carry in/out” your trash. There is nothing worse to wreck nature than humans trash! A big thank you to the forest reserve men and women who work this beautiful lookout! Stop along the way to look in the unique shops and maybe grad a bite and some Kona coffee in Hawi.
Written 30 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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