Pololu Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews

Pololu Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kapaau, Hawaii that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

0.9 miles 433 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

From scenic overlook, hike down steep rocky trail to beautiful black sand and rocky beach with views of the Hamakua coast. Waipio is the southeastern most of the Hamakua coasts dramatic stream valleys. Pololu is the northwestern most of those valleys. It is drier than Waipio and lacks waterfalls, but it is lovely in its own way. Pololu Valley Trail, from the lookout down to the valley takes less than 30 mins to walk. Its steep but not overly strenuous and you will be rewarded with lovely vistas. Trail is slippery when wet and is rocky or packed clay. Note ancient cobble stones still embedded in sections of the trail. Caution, as high surf, undertow, and rip tides occur in the ocean here. Coming back uphill is easier (no loose rocks). The black sand beach fronting the valley stretches for 900 yards and makes for an enjoyable stroll.

19 days ago

Gorgeous hike, beautiful views of huge cliffs, Pacific Ocean and shoreline.

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19 days ago

Very nice hike! There is plenty of traffic on this one but it's well worth it when you reach the beach at the bottom of the canyon.
The beach was actually quite empty as most people never finish the descent.
Absolutely amazing! A must do if your on the big island!

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2 months ago

Short but steep hike (Both up and down). Rated moderate as it is a short one but enclosed shoes/boots should be recommended and hiking poles if you have knee issues on the way down as it is steep and uneven. Really enjoyed the views and the black sand beach. A very busy trail indeed.

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2 months ago

This is a difficult trail in both incline and hard clay & rocky soil. It is an definite advantage to bring hiking poles and boots. The views are spectacular. Do not attempt if rainy weather is forecasted and the trail almost becomes impassable.

3 months ago

Great hike beautiful at every step. doesn't take long at all. Will go back again and again! Aloha

3 months ago

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6 months ago

Amazing vistas from the beginning of the trail could lure you into not hiking across the beach and up the other side. But the view at the end down to another valley and beach is not to be missed. Very rewarding hike for the effort!

7 months ago

8 months ago

Great place. A must see and take a lunch down. Many places to sit and enjoy.

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8 months ago

This was my first time going down into the valley. It was a great hike down into the valley. Once we reached the valley we then hiked up to the next ridge to the bench at the top. The view from there is amazing. Great hike!

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8 months ago

Gorgeous views! Parked on the side of the road at the top of the trail, hiked down to the black sand beach, explored the wooded areas and hiked to the top of the other side. Trail ends at the bench with amazing views.

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9 months ago

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9 months ago

Beautiful views awesome black sand beach this a quick little trail well worth the walk!!! Have a great time:)