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Pololu Valley Trial

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Length1 mi
Elev. Gain420 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating9 / 10
The Pololu Valley Trial is located at the Northern tip of the island. It begins at the edge of the Pololu Lookout and quickly drops to the valley floor, 420 feet below. Though the hike down is quite easy, the climb will test your fitness. The trail is deeply cut into the surface of the cliff.

When you reach half the way down the trail, you will hit first of the three switchbacks. Pololu is a part of a series of seven valleys located towards the North. The trail reaches the valley floor just behind the shoreline. From this stream, the trail will follow the black sand beach and will enter into an ironwood forest. You can leave the trail at this point and walk along the beach.

After enjoying a lonely walk on the beach, you can pick up the trail again at the far end of the beach. Beyond the valley, the land is private, so you should continue through the ironwood tress and dunes. If you are feeling adventurous, you can walk through the dunes and even remnants of World War II, if you are lucky!

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
20° 12.221' N
155° 44.03' W

Driving Directions:
Drive through Highway 270, taking North, till you reach the Pololu Lookout at the end of the route.
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Weather Report for Kapaau, HI
Mostly clear with a 20 percent chance of showers. Haze after midnight. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 57 at 4000 feet. Southwest winds up to 10 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph.
Temperature: 62.8° F
Relative Humidity: 92%
Pressure: 29.95"
Dew Point: 60.4° F

Winds from the SSW at 0.0 mph gusting to 0.0 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:49 AM
Sunset: 5:44 PM
Weather reported from Honoka'a Town, Honokaa, HI (KHIHONOK2)
Mostly sunny. Haze through the day. A 50 percent chance of showers in the afternoon. Highs around 83 at the shore to around 69 at 4000 feet. South winds up to 10 mph with gusts to 30 mph shifting to the east with gusts to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Haze. Lows around 67 at the shore to around 52 at 4000 feet. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly cloudy. Occasional showers in the morning, then scattered showers in the afternoon. Highs 60 to 80. North winds up to 10 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the late morning and afternoon. Gusts up to 35 mph. Chance of rain 90 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Mostly cloudy with scattered showers. Lows 45 to 70. North winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:18 AM
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