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Pololu Trail is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Kapaau, Hawaii, 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.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 344 ft Route type Loop
Dog friendly Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky
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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.

Small parking lot at end of the road at trailhead. Most just get out and take in the view, so if it's full wait a few minutes and a spot will open up.

Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, 2270 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 801 , Honolulu, HI, 96815, Phone: 800-GOHAWAII, Fax: 808-924-0290

Directions from Puako: Take Highway 270 to the end at Pololu Lookout in North Kohala. The Hwy ends at a viewpoint that overlooks the valley with its scenic backdrop of steeply scalloped coastal cliffs spreading out to the east.

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Jessica Song
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Quick hike down from the valley down to the black sand beach which also leads to another valley across (Waipio)

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Marcin Sieniek
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Taylor Loudermilk
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Decided to do this trail as an alternative to Waipio Valley (the reviews of how intense that trek is steered us away). The drive here is about 1 hour from Waimea, that was a downside at first but the drive ended up being GORGEOUS, the rolling green hills were beautiful. This trail took about 30minutes each way. The beach was a little rough so we didn’t swim. Total we saw about 15 other people (half were camping).

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Dan McClure
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a must everytime I return to Hawaii. participated in a trail cleanup on my last visit.

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Michelle L
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HikingMuddy

I used to hike this trail at least once per month, and it usually was not crowded, but now that visitors to the island have discovered it, it is too crowded for me. When it rains the trail can be slippery so you may want to use a hiking stick / pole. Views are amazing of course.

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Katie LaFetra
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Highly recommend going a little after sunset to avoid crowds on the black sand beach and get some amazing views to yourself. Hiked back as it was getting dark, which is totally doable, next time I'll bring a headlamp.

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Austin Williams
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MuddyScramble

There was a rappel or two that were fun to the second valley! Beautiful hike.

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Melanie Anderson
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Amanda G.
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HikingRocky

Beautiful trail. A little slippery in sections because it had just rained.

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Talor Pearson
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great hike with breathtaking views. First mile down to the first valley is a little crowded with people but not too bad. If you continue on the trail to the second valley the hike is steep and muddy depending on rain. The trail is pretty much empty after the first valley and it’s a shame because the views of the second valley are even more amazing!! Highly recommend you keep going!

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Dorothy C
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Grab a wood stick at the entrance.

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Daniel Shinkle
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A fairly steep trail with no other significant difficulties other than some loose sand. Trail was crowded but well worth it for the amazing overlooks and the amazing beach at the end

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Kat Garcia
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HikingRocky

beautiful views. trail is steep in places and rocky. Bring water and wear good hiking shoes.

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David Purdy
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Amazing find, last minute stop early evening, trail was dry, so good footing, made it down in about 10 mins and up in about 15 or so moving quickly, the views were incredible with the evening light! So glad we took the time to stop, one of my favorite hikes in all of Hawaii!

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Christopher Zuccaro
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Excellent views and well worth it getting down to the shore. Round trip 52 minutes but stopped and enjoyed the scenery and water at the bottom. Made it back up in just under 10 minutes running, jogging, and power walking. Will post pics later.

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R P
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Kim West
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Gorgeous views!! A walking stick would come in handy for the rocky trail. Its a little steep but short and the views are worth it. We took our lunch and had a picnic. Weather was awesome. The beach is solid rocks - not good for swimming.

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Stacia Nelson
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Easy hike, beautiful sights and energy. Mother Nature is in full force with all her glory in this place. It was windy on the beach and the trail but warm. My 5 year old said it was her best day ever on Hawaii!

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Tara Marie
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Ron Hanson
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