Hiking The Pololu Valley Trail

The 25th most popular hiking trail in Hawaii.

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North of Waimea and southeast of Kapaau on the Big Island, the Pololu Valley Trail (aka Awini Trail) is a scenic valley from the lookout down into the valley floor on the ocean coast. Expect to find lush jungle and waterfalls.

The trailhead is located at the end of SR270 near milepost 29.

For more adventure, you can continue hiking southeast from the Pololu Valley floor over into Honokane Nui Valley on the Awini Trail. Its about a 2 hour hike from the trailhead, each way. It requires hiking over a 600 foot ridge to then drop down into the valley. It can be a wet and muddy route. It ends at a rocky beach. Do not swim here since it can be treacherous.

Overall, Pololu Valley Trail is the 25th most popular hiking trail of all 45 hikes in Hawaii. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Pololu Valley Trail including Mauna Loa Trail, HiIlawe Falls, Kulani Forest Trail System, Napau Crater Trail, Ala Kahakai Trail and Muliwai Trail / Waimanu ValleyKahaualea Trail.

Pololu Valley Trail on Big Island (HI/US)

Pololu Valley Trail on Big Island (HI/US)

Pololu Valley Trail on Big Island (HI/US)

Pololu Valley Trail on Big Island (HI/US)

Pololu Valley Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Division of Forestry (808) 587-0300; Hawaii Trail & Access System (808) 974-4217; Big Island Weather (808) 961-5582; Hawaiian Walkways Tours (808) 775-0372; Hawaii Forest & Trail Guides (808) 331-8505.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking The Hawaiian Islands" from Suzanne Swedo

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Kona Village Resort (808) 325-5555

Breakfast Restaurant:  Kohala Diner, Kapaau; Kohala Coffee Mill, Hawi

Reference Source:  click here http://www.hawaiitrails.org/

GPS:  20.204, -155.73387

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  8/13/2016

ID:  18536

Pololu Valley Trail Hiking Map


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