Day 2 – Part 3 – The Pololu Valley Trail Near Kapaau In North Kohala

After we left Kapaau and the statue of King Kamehameha at the park on Akoni Pule Hwy, we continued to the end of Highway 270. At the first big curve is the Kapaau King Kamehameha Rock, a stone that was left in this place, having fallen off of a wagon. It was lifted by King Kamehameha to show his great strength. The locals left it, afraid of disturbing its mana or spiritual essence. At the end of the road is the The Pololu Valley Lookout which marks the beginning of the The Pololu Valley Trail.

The Pololu Valley Trail

The Pololu Valley Trail is at the end of a parking lot where hikers will park. It is recommended that you arrive early as parking is limited. There are warning signs (which are quite unnerving) warning people about how steep and difficult the hike is going up and down.


Once you pass the signs, you will descend about a mile and a half to the bottom where you will end up in a beautiful tropical forest with a unique swing.

Going past the swing, you will arrive at the black sands of Pololu Beach and one of the best views on the entire island.

If you head up from the shore going east, there is a unique area that makes you feel like you have stepped back in time to a prehistoric age with huge tropical trees forming a lush canopy. You should probably spend an hour there resting before hiking back up. It is very steep, so just take your time.

Once we were done there, we headed back down 270 heading west through Kapaau and Hawi, and descended back down the 19 to Kailua. It will take you at least an hour and a half to drive the 70 miles. That was the end of our second day in Hawaii. We bought some food at the local store in Kailua, had a barbecue outside, and went to bed early to get ready for our 3rd day…