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September 18, 2007
From journal Surfing the North Kohala Coast
Orchard Park, New York
November 26, 2003
From journal Week in Hawaii (The Big Island)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
May 1, 2003
About halfway down, there's an opening in the tree line which gives a fine view of the beach and a good photo opportunity. It's worth the climb back.
Long ago, productive taro fields lay in these valleys. But construction of the Kohala Ditch diverted much water to sugar cane fields, and the area now is overgrown.
From journal Big Island Attractions
albany, New York
February 26, 2003
At the bottom, we reached the black-sand beach and the start of the Pololu Valley. It definitely was worth the hike down, since you really couldn’t see the valley or the beach from the top! This black beach was composed of large lava rocks and also very fine sand (which, of course, was black from lava decomposition). While on the beach, you got an excellent view of the surf crashing into all of the mountains! Because the surf was so high at this time of the year, the water was beautiful for looking, but not for swimming!
After half an hour, it was time to hike back up to the lookout point. Obviously, the return trip UP was harder. And since I had to rest a bit on the way up, it took 5 to 10 minutes longer to hike back up. It was still not a bad hike considering the view we had.
We had taken water (definitely needed), but I wished we had stopped in one of the towns and gotten a picnic lunch. It would have been fantastic to spread out a blanket and have lunch on the beach!
By the way, while hiking down, we had to move to the side to allow the procession of horseback riders returning up the trail. Notice the pig on the side of one of the horses. We found out that wild pigs exist in the valley and are hunted.
From journal Sightseeing on our own on Hawaii, the Big Island!