Welcome to Pololu Valley

The area was once abundant with wetland taro, when Pololu Stream carried water from the deep, wet interior to the valley floor. When the Kohala Ditch was built in 1906, it diverted the water for sugar production. Unlike its sister valley, Waipiʻo, Pololu Valley has not been inhabited since the 1940s. So, instead of territorial residents, you are met by a forest reserve.

If you're going to hike into the valley, be prepared for a series of tense switchbacks and steep drop-offs, but with that said, walking into the Pololu isn't as intensely difficult as trekking the Waipiʻo.

Top experiences in Pololu Valley

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Pololu Valley activities

$365 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Waterfalls of Kohala

Discover the Big Island’s incomparable majesty during this all-new, 105-minute event crowned by an exclusive landing at a remote waterfall on the Kohala Coast. Witness the razor-like ridgelines of the stunning north Kohala Coast from the Waipio Valley to the Pololu Valley, and enjoy dramatic views of towering sea cliffs and a black-sand beach. Glide by the soaring walls of the Waimanu Valley, and experience the unforgettable sight of multiple waterfalls cascading down from as high as 2600 ft. You’ll also see the sprawling, 250,000-acre Parker Ranch, one of the largest ranches in America. Finally, the adventure reaches its climax as your expert pilot, a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide, lands at the base of our exclusive waterfall. Enjoy delicious refreshments as you bask in the beauty of this secluded jewel of paradise. Finally your expert pilot will descend to Hawaii Helicopers' exclusive landing spot. Flanked by 3000-ft. sea cliffs, the Eden-like scenery is lush, unspoiled-like going back in time to ancient Hawaii. Exit the aircraft and be uplifted by the sounds of the ocean and views of cliff-side waterfalls. Stroll down a stone path to a gorgeous black sand beach and enjoy refreshments while taking in the sweeping, panoramic vistas and learning all about the island's remarkable history from your pilot, a State of Hawaii Certified Tour Guide. "Breathtaking" is an overused term but in this case it's an understatement. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.