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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
0.40 mi (0.64 km)
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At the end of Hawaii State Route 270 near the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawai'i lies the Pololu Valley, a gorgeous and lush basin protected by a dense tropical jungle. A short, steep hike on the Awini Trail from the end of the road leads through the trees to the valley floor. In one direction you'll have views of the green valley, and in the other direction you'll see the turquoise Pacific Ocean from a secluded beach with black sand. It's a memorable hike that is not on the itinerary of most tourists to the Big Island.

The trail is somewhat slippery, especially in rainy conditions, and some sections are a bit steep, especially near the beginning. Don't let this section deter you, however. In all this is a fairly short hike that is a little less than a half mile there and back, and many points along the trail offer spectacular views of the Pololu Valley and the Big Island coastline that will certainly justify the drive out to the trailhead.

It is worth noting that the beach at Pololu Valley is particularly prone to dangerous tides and Portuguese man o' war. Further, there is no lifeguard present on the beach. Use caution when going into the ocean here if you choose to do so.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Fantastic views. Less crowded than most hikes in Hawaii.

Cons

Not safe for swimming. Limited parking at the trailhead.

Trailhead Elevation

400.00 ft (121.92 m)

Net Elevation Gain

400.00 ft (121.92 m)

Address

Akoni Pule Hwy
52-5088
Waimea, HI 96743
United States

Features

Whale watching
Wildlife
Bird watching
Big vistas

Location

Field Guide

Comments

12.26.18
Very crowded at times, more crowded than most hikes on Big Island, but quite beautiful and worth the hassle.
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