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Pololu Valley Trial

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Summary
Length1 mi
Elev. Gain420 ft
Difficulty2 / 5
Rating9 / 10
TypeView
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
Occasional showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Highs around 82 at the shore to around 70 at 4000 feet. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southeast in the late morning and afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent.
Currently
Temperature: 74.7° F
Relative Humidity: 99%
Pressure: -9999.00"
Dew Point: 74.5° F

Winds from the WNW at 4.5 mph gusting to 4.9 mph

Precipitation
Last Hour: 0.21"
Today: 0.08"

Sunrise: 5:53 AM
Sunset: 6:46 PM
Weather reported from Honoka'a High & Intermediate, Hilo, HI (KHIHILO15)
Forecast
Tonight
Cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows around 68 at the shore to around 53 at 4000 feet. South winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Monday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs around 83 at the shore to around 71 at 4000 feet. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Lows 51 to 73. South winds around 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy with showers likely and slight chance of thunderstorms. Haze. Highs 62 to 85. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 4/30/2017 5:00 AM
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