Summary: Pololu is one of the most scenic valleys of the state! Don’t forget to take your camera and comfortable hiking boots (tennis shoes will do on a dry day), and plenty of water.

Directions: The Pololu Valley lookout is at the end of the Akoni Pule Hwy (270), East of the quaint town of Hawi on the North tip of the Big Island. Depending on how busy it is you may have to park your car along the road and walk a few minutes.

The hike: the steep but short hike takes you down a lush tropical cliff to a rugged black sand beach. The trip down can be made leisurely in 30-45 minutes one way, and we recommend to take a picnic basket along to enjoy while sitting one the rugged beach after a refreshing dip.

Local grinds: Stop in Hawi for the best ice cream and fudge across from the Bamboo restaurant. Sushi Rock (past the gas station) is another good place to pick up some food.

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