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So Pololu Valley is one of the great coastal valleys on the north side of the Big Island.

 

Pololu Valley - lookout or hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout or hike to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley - lookout or hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley - lookout or hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

You can get some great scenic views from the Pololu Valley lookout right near the parking area.

 

Pololu Valley - lookout or hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

There’s also a trail that starts from the Pololu Valley lookout that goes down to sea level and makes for a great coastal hike.

 

Pololu Valley hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

By hiking, you’ll get better views of the beach down below, which is notable for being a black sand beach! 

 

Pololu Valley hike to black sand beach in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike to black sand beach in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

Pololu Valley is home to one of the many black sand beaches on the Big Island. In terms of color, it’s not the blackest black sand beach on the Big Island, but the wet sand can make it appear especially black.

Even so, reasons to come here are for the lookout, the hike, and/or the black(ish) sand beach!

 

Pololu Valley lookout or hike to black sand beach. Awini Trail. Best Kohala hikes. Best hikes on the Big Island. scenic drive to Hawi, Kohala coast. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

Bathrooms near Pololu Valley trailhead

What locals living near Pololu Valley would like you to know!

In Hawaii, respecting the land is a big thing in Hawaiian culture.

There are no bathrooms near the Pololu Valley trailhead.

It can be distressing for locals to see people coming out of the bushes near the Pololu Valley trailhead, presuming why people are coming out of the bushes.

Seeing so many people doing this, it can be seen as a form of disrespecting the land.

And if it becomes a big problem, that’s when there may even start to be more serious talks about limiting visitors to visit such places like Pololu Valley.

So please, for everyone’s sake, locals and future Hawaii visitors alike, avoid those bushes!

Instead, locals would like you to know about Keokea Beach Park where there are bathrooms.

This is about a 5 minute drive from the Pololu Valley trailhead.

Consider making a stop there before you go to Pololu Valley, just in case! MAHALO!

A local reached out to me asking me to tell you where you can use the bathrooms near Pololu Valley!

 

More below on what a trip to Pololu Valley can be like!

 

 

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So…

Here’s what your time at Pololu Valley might look like!

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So going to Pololu Valley requires a time commitment. Maybe it’s best to think of this as a half day activity.

That’s because it’s kind of in the far north of the Big Island, and a spot where not many other things are located. (Although you will pass through the cute Hawi town.)

Pololu Valley is a solid 1.5 hours from Kona, maybe more depending on where on the Kona coast you’re staying. If you’re staying a bit further north in one of the Waikoloa resorts on the Kohala coast, it’s a bit closer and might take around an hour.

If you’re looking for something to do somewhat in the area, you might have a look at Lapakahi State Historical Park for a top Big Island snorkeling spot and to walk through an ancient Hawaiian village, or Hapuna Beach state park which has been called one of the best beaches on the Big Island. See more state parks on the Big Island.

You can also make it a valley beach hike kind of day and make this day on the Big Island a “Pololu Valley + Waipio Valley” kind of day. The drive between these two valley lookouts is around 1.5 hours. See more ideas for planning out your days on the Big Island.

 

 

Map of Pololu Valley

Pololu Valley map: Drive from Kona to Pololu Valley on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

But being in a more remote part of the island, you can see this as a good thing! It means it’s yet another quieter part of the Big Island, and it means it’s yet another nice scenic drive getting there!

 

Pololu Valley scenic drive on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley scenic drive on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

Once you get closer, you’ll start to see signs for Pololu Valley.

 

Drive to Pololu Valley on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Drive to Pololu Valley on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

And then basically you will be driving to a dead end.

 

Scenic drive to Pololu Valley on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Scenic drive to Pololu Valley on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

There’s a small parking lot at the end of the road. Otherwise, you can park along the side of the road before that dead end parking lot too.

 

Pololu Valley lookout parking lot. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout parking lot. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

 

And you are at the Pololu Valley lookout!

 

Pololu Valley lookout. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley lookout. Big Island Hawaii travel blog

 

 

To hike or not to hike?!

You will get the coastal views at the Pololu Valley lookout without even stepping foot on the Pololu Valley trail. 

By doing the hike, you’ll get better views of the black sand beach as you’re going down, and it’s a nice scenic coastal hike! 

It might take around 30 minutes to hike down to the beach from the lookout.

 

Here’s what you’ll see on the hike to the Pololu Valley black sand beach!

Pololu Valley hike - start location of hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike - start location of hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Awini Trail: Pololu Valley hike - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley hike lookout - hiking trail to black sand beach. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

And then…

You’ll arrive down to the black sand beach!

 

Pololu Valley black sand beach hike in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley black sand beach hike in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley black sand beach hike in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley black sand beach hike in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley black sand beach hike in Hawaii. Best things to do on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

Your hike down to the beach was mostly facing the ocean, and your hike back to the parking lot will be more of facing the valley!

 

Pololu Valley trail - hiking trail to valley. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

Pololu Valley trail - hiking trail to valley. Best hikes on the Big Island. Hawaii travel blog

 

 

And that’s a bit about the Pololu Valley lookout and hike to the black sand beach!

 

If you’re interested in Pololu Valley, you may also be interested in these great Big Island activities:

 

HAPPY HIKING TO THE POLOLU VALLEY BLACK SAND BEACH!

 

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Here are some ideas for your time on the Big Island!

Among the most popular things to do on the Big Island are Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls State Park, and Waipio Valley!

For Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the main road to drive is Chain of Craters Road and it will take you to see the best lava fields in Hawaii! Before that though (or after!) you will want to make a stop for the Thurston lava tube. You can also hike into a former lava lake by doing the Kilauea Iki Trail!

Other Big Island activities you may want to make time for are the best black sand beaches in Hawaii (including Punaluu black sand beach to see turtles maybe!) and the Papakolea green sand beach of Hawaii.


Volcanoes in Hawaii

There was a time in December 2022 that 2 volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

This was a special occasion because even in the past few years, there was a quiet period where there was NO active lava to be seen anywhere in Hawaii.

As the National Park Service says, it was the first time in nearly 40 years that TWO volcanoes were erupting in Hawaii at the same time!

But what seems like nearly just like that, they stopped erupting.

As it goes with volcanoes, things can change in an instant!

So be sure to check National Park Service updates when your Big Island trip gets closer: What's going on with the volcanoes?




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