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.
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.
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.
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.
Great hike beautiful at every step. doesn't take long at all. Will go back again and again! Aloha
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!
Great place. A must see and take a lunch down. Many places to sit and enjoy.
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!
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.
Beautiful views awesome black sand beach this a quick little trail well worth the walk!!! Have a great time:)
Was a spur of the moment hike, so glad we did it! First time experience with black sand and will definitely go again!
Beautiful hike up and down! Amazing black sand beach!!
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.
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.
With 2 kids it was fairly easy until we headed back up, worth every minute though!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!