Aloha! Today we will be visiting Pololu Valley located on the northernmost valley of 7 on the north part of the Island of Hawaii. The views from the look out point are truly amazing!
Like Waipio Valley to the south, the views are of steep landscaped cliffs covered in green foliage, dropping as much as 2000′ in elevation to a flat valley floor and an impressive Black Sand Beach. Popolu Creek feeds the wetlands and ponds in the valley and runs into the ocean in it’s last stage of streamhood. There are not any roads to the bottom of this Valley and the only way to get there is by a somewhat steep hiking trail. Most people will go to the end of this highway after visiting Hawi or Kapa’au and park to enjoy the view, maybe stretch out and buy something from the locals that might have a fruit stand open. Then they will turn around and head back. The hardy explorer will give the hike a try! The trail will be slippery so watch your footing! Bring plenty of water and snacks if you want to make this a day trip. There are obviously no services at the bottom, including bathroom facilities. Also, be prepared for alternate weather conditions from rain pours to sun baking down on you and wear closed toe shoes, something other than slippahs!
As you begin your hike, you will see where horse’s shoes have made their marks sliding on smooth washed out rock outcroppings throughout the length of the trail. You will be surprisingly rewarded with your journey once you get to the bottom, it is about a third of a mile long but seems like a mile! The valley levels out into a natural grove of tall trees in a good sized forest. There are rope swings hanging from the larger limbs. You will appreciate the cool breeze and shade after the decent if it’s a warm day or the cover if it’s raining!
The Black Sand beach looks inviting for surfing and swimming but should only be attempted by highly experienced swimmers. The northern part of the Island’s waterways can be very treacherous with currents that are amazingly strong between the Big Island and Maui.
Historically this Valley was a major producer of Taro. In fact there is a specific Taro named after this Valley. When you descend into the valley you will see why it was so ideal for Taro. The valley floor is exceptionally level and there is plenty of water. This hike is definitely not too difficult, going down seems harder than going up. We recommend taking this hike if you have the time, you won’t be disappointed! After you take a trip, let us know how it went by commenting below! We love to get feedback from our readers! We will continue to explore other areas of the island and keep you posted if you liked our site on Facebook or follow our Twitter account. We have lots of exploring to do here on the Big Island!
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