This is my favorite valley view on the Big Island. Many people will tell you to go to Honaka'a to go to Waipio Valley. Nope, go here - it a long drive to the end of the road and on of the most gorgeous bluffs on Earth. This valley is the start of a series of "gulches" that cover the Northeastern part of the Big Island behind the Kohala Mountain range. Pololu is majestic and while the scenic point is often busy with tourist cars very few people walk into the valley at this point so its actually LESS touristy that Waipio if you walk all the way down (about 45 min for a slower walker). You have to be a bit fit and balanced. I wouldnt take an older, injured or otherwise unfit person down this walk and into the Valley but young at heart visitors will thrill at the flora on the walk and the "payoff" of an amazing river meeting the Pacific at the mouth of the Valley. Must visit spot on the Big Island.
Wear real shoes! Stop to take pictures, don't continue to hike and then trip on something because you aren't looking. The hike isn't very long but it is very steep and can be a little rough. If you have knee/leg injuries or issues do not try this. Getting down is one thing but being able to get back up will be 3x harder.
What a view!! The road ends here and you have to turn around. You should park and take the trail down if you have the time. The valley is beautiful. Don't go down there in flip-flops though; I've seen people do it only to turn around and go back after getting about 50 feet down. The climb back up can be challenging though, but don't let that deter you if you can make it; the views from the trail are better than the lookout
Breathtaking scenery! Don't settle for the lookout - the trail down to the beach is not too long and the black sand beach at the bottom is super scenic, quite and usually pretty private. Don't venture into the water though - north shore currents and waves are dangerous there.
Probably my favorite spot on the island. It's a lot less crowded then some of the other more popular valleys.
Amazing view of the beach and the valley....very rewarding hike down to the beach with fine black sand. Simple didn't wanna leave!
Look out over the beautiful valley. You can see the black sand beach and the cliffs over looking the beach below.
Nice, steep trail leading down to the beach and the entrance to the valley. This is the end of the Highway 270 road.