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Added by Holly Singh

-Roundtrip: (to beach and back) 0.75mi-Elevation gain: 650ft-Great look outs-Beautiful scenery-Variety of foliage

Start at the Pololū Valley overlook and find the trailhead marked by an extensive array of “danger” signs, you've been officially warned. The trail starts with steep descending switchbacks made up of dirt and jagged rocks. I went barefoot (i'm always barefoot) but it would have been easier with hiking boots. But when in Hawaii....

Going down the trail there's a lot of great look outs, but be careful if you lean too close to an edge, it's known to crumble. The valley floor is 0.36 mile from the trailhead so it's an easy walk down, but a harder walk up.

Once on the valley floor, the plants completely change into large forest trees. The Pololū Valley beach is mostly made up of large lava rocks and is very beautiful, some may still be sharp, but most are polished and usually there are stone sculptures scattered around. This is also commonly known as Black Sand beach. The cliffs on either side of the beach make a beautiful panoramic scene around the wild water. Take care when you climb on the rocks however because the water can splash pretty high and become dangerous.

The water here is notoriously dangerous and should only be attempted by very experienced swimmers and surfers.

We hiked around the various trails and it's a very peaceful, almost a fairy-tale like place. Randomly you'll find rope swings and other little wood sculptures. People camp here even though technically it's not allowed. Careful of walking around some big trees barefoot, their cones can be sharp.

Getting There:
Pololū Valley is accessed from the North, from a lookout at mile 28 at the end of highway 270
Co-ordinates:20°12′13″N 155°44′1″W

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Features

Rock Climbing
Chillin
Photography
Surfing
Swimming
Backpacking
Hiking
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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