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Pololu Valley Lookout Photo courtesy of Bryan Fowler
  • Hwy 270

    Mile Marker 28

    HI 96719


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Make it to the end of scenic Highway 270 and experience the majesty of the Big Island's dramatic Kohala coastline. High above waves that crash onto jagged rocks are several lookout areas that offer sweeping vistas of verdant cliffs and sliver-like waterfalls cascading over them. Folks wanting a touch of adventure can make the strenuous hike down to the black-sand beach at the base of the cliffs. Have care, though: the waters are not good for swimming, and no lifeguards are on duty.

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Jade Eckardt

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Take the hike down and enjoy time in the black sand. "


Best Because: Pololu Valley is a sacred and beautiful place on the island that shouldn't be missed.

Best for Free Things to Do Because: Pololu is one of the most beautiful, as well as historically significant places on the island.

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The hike down to Pololu Valley leads to a beautiful black sand beach and river.

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: Home to a deep history and black sand beach, Pololu offers spectacular views or an adventure down into the valley.