Pololu Trail

MODERATE 27 reviews

Pololu Trail is a 0.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Kapaau, HI 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 351 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.

1 day ago

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21 days ago

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3 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!

4 months ago

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

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4 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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4 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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5 months ago

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

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7 months ago

Was a spur of the moment hike, so glad we did it! First time experience with black sand and will definitely go again!

7 months ago

Beautiful hike up and down! Amazing black sand beach!!

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7 months ago

This is a great little hike. It is not particularly difficult down or up, but you will work up a bit of a sweat. Be sure to head right once you reach the stream, after going through the trees you reach an amazing view of the entire valley from the floor.

9 months ago

Great hike that goes down a steep trail. Very cool rocks make up the path and there is a beach at the bottom with a river that you can cross.

9 months ago

With 2 kids it was fairly easy until we headed back up, worth every minute though!

11 months ago

So beautiful! I almost love this valley more than Waipio. You can actually hike down fairly quickly and hang out at the beach. It's great!

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11 months ago

One of muy Favorites! The view was stunning! Great picture spot when you get on top. Climbing up was a little hard for a moment, but totally worth it. You have to find a rope to climb down and see the hidden beach, i felt like a profesional hiker, so rewarding.

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1 year ago

One of the prettiest places.

The overlook itself is amazing. Though I wish they'd make parking a bit easier and widen some of the shoulders of the road just before the turn around.

The hike down is rocky and uneven. In prior years there was a nice tree canopy to shield against the sun. Not so now. It's pretty sunny all the way down. This offers great views but on a rainy day can make for a muddy and slippery trek.

Once at the beach.....what can I say. The black sand is like powder. Beautiful and soft.

1 year ago

Fantastic out and back trail down to a black sand beach. Pretty views of the Pacific and a great place to picnic down on the beach. Saw some people camping by the river which, if you plan ahead and time, would be an awesome daytrip.

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1 year ago

You have quite a drive on your hands just to get to this hike. We recommend stopping at Tex's Drive-In to pick up some raspberry malasadas just to make sure you are fully carbed up! Maybe leave one for the King before you drive those last couple miles.

The hike itself is steep and rocky but wide enough to let others by when you aren't feeling like stepping it out. The beach and valley look incredible! Continue across the beach and climb up the next ridge to view the next valley down the coast then come back and enjoy your beach time before making the final climb. Chewy and I did it in 13 minutes, no running!

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1 year ago

2 years ago

Beautiful amazing hiking. Once u get down to the beach from the parking area, there is even more hiking up through the other side of the valley if you want. so picturesque and there is even camp spots if u can backpack ur gear down in there. bring water and good shoes. There are spots everywhere to chill and relax and be alone if you wish. romantic for couples. probably difficult for young children because once u get down there to the beach, the hike back up is all up hill and it's hot. would recommend this hike to everyone that enjoys a good day hike or wants to backpack and camp out.

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2 years ago

Bring a hiking stick!! it helps immensely on the way down and especially on the way up. It's like having a helping had the whole way.