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“Good Hike, Great Views, Awesome Beach, Amazing Tidal Critters” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pololu Valley Lookout

Pololu Valley Lookout
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Owner description: One of many scenic valleys on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada
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“Good Hike, Great Views, Awesome Beach, Amazing Tidal Critters”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2012

The Pololu Valley Lookout is a great stop at the end of the road, past Hawi (prn. Ha-vee). The view looking down on the beach below makes for a great photo with the rugged coastline in the background.

Follow the short 20 minute trail down to the beach, but remember proper footwear (something with support - NOT flip-flops), because the steep, rocky trail demands that you watch your footing at times.

The black sand beach at the bottom is a great place to hang out and the cliffs to the left of the beach (as you look out towards the ocean) is a great place to look for all kinds of critters clinging to the rocks as the tide goes up and down.

Visited October 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Breathtaking view overlooking Pololu Valley”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2012

Scenic road to the lookout, nice hike down into the valley, probably took us around 25 minutes to go down and around 40 to go up , we made numerous stops for amazing photos!
Tip: No bathrooms in the parking lot or in the valley so stop at one of the restaurants before you get there.

Visited November 2012
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Kenwood, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Fantastic views, great beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2012

It's totally worth the hike. It's best if you have walking shoes but I did in flip-flops (carefully) and the black sand beach is gorgeous, with a fresh-water stream flowing from a lush green valley with cows lowing in the distance--just magical. The high cliffs plunge into the ocean and the air is full of spray.

Visited November 2012
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Virginia
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“Worth the hike down to the beach!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

The hike down is rocky and takes about 30 minutes including time to stop and take pictures. A walking stick would be helpful, especially for coming back up (another 30 minutes with picture taking). There's a great view of the valley between the trees down the river that feeds into the ocean. This whole area has lots of picture-taking opportunities. The black sand beach is gorgeous and the waves are amazing. Swimming is not recommended because the surf is very strong. Well worth the hike. Be sure to take water and a snack (or a picnic lunch)!

Visited October 2012
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Spokane, Washington
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2012

The overlook is great but the view is even better from the bottom. The hike is taxing on the way back up so take your time.

Visited October 2012
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