A visit to Pololu Valley in Hawaii

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A visit to Pololu Valley in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.



A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #31

Upper rim of Polulu Valley

On the north-western side of Hawaii Island are the monumental cliffs and valleys facing out to the rugged and rough Pacific Ocean. The first canyon is a large gulch called Pololu Valley, which in Hawaiian is translated into long spear. The canyon is a deep and large valley which divides the Kohala mountains and the Polulu stream which runs through the middle of the valley floor.


A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #31

Vista point at Pololu Valley




There is a panoramic hike that you can take from the top rim downhill to the base and it takes about 30 minutes on dirt and rocky trails . The trail is relatively easy to hike through except for a few sections where it is steep with rocky passages that you need to slow down and pay attention to your stride. Going back uphill does take a little more effort, but take your time and enjoy the views looking back into the valley and before you know it, you’ll be up on top of the bluff in no time.


A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

Black sand beach at Pololu






A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii, Travel Photo Mondays #31

A view of the entire valley floor at Pololu


A large crescent-shaped black sand beach below extends from each sides of the deep canyon walls and welcomes the hiker when reaching the bottom.  In calm weather, you can actually swim in the cool ocean water and surf. But, most of the time, the surf and rip tides are very treacherous so you have to exercise caution when you want to take a swim there.


A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

Rock sculptures at Pololu





A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

Rocky and black sand beach



In the past, the canyon was used primarily by the ancient Hawaiian people to grow kalo or taro as one of their primary food staples of that timeframe. There are still some small farms and areas in the interior by the stream where taro is still grow.


A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

Time to goof off on the swings


Rope swings in the valley floor



A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

Playing on a swing


Walking along the Pololu stream bed through the green pine forests, a clearing opens into a small pond with panoramic views of the emerald colored hills against these dark and angry sky – a perfect photo moment to capture.  Later my friends played with all the swings and acrobatic balance beams for tourist to amused themselves and challenge their balancing acts.



A visit to Polulu Valley in Hawaii

The Polulu stream and valley


On the other end of the gulches is the famous Waipio Valley, home to many of the ancient peoples of Hawaii and taro farming. I wrote an earlier post about Waipio here, take a look it’s just as stunning a place to visit as Pololu valley.

Thanks for joining us today for this hike down to the Pololu Valley and the black sand beach, hope you enjoyed the tour. Following are some more travels from bloggers around the world, click on any of the links below to get access to the post. If you enjoyed this post, please do share it with any of the social media buttons below.

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36 Responses to A visit to Pololu Valley in Hawaii

  1. Tales Told From The Road February 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    Reminds me of Waipio Valley on the northeastern corner of the Big Island, near where we rented a vacation home a few years ago.

  2. Marcia February 15, 2014 at 3:26 am #

    Stunning photos, as usual, Noel! Lovely to see so many different faces of Hawaii.
    The ones with you guys on the swing look so playful and fun.

  3. Leigh February 14, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Beautiful photos Noel. It looks like the sort of place where the storms would be awesome to see from high up.

  4. frankaboutcroatia February 13, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I love to stop by for your Travel Photo Mondays posts. So many great photos to enjoy. Also it’s a great way for me to discover other inspiring bloggers through your link party.

  5. Galwin Fabian February 13, 2014 at 4:57 pm #

    Love your shot of the Polulu stream and valley. It makes me want to go there, too! Thank you for sharing, Noel. 🙂

  6. Cheryl @ KidsOnAPlane February 13, 2014 at 5:03 am #

    Gorgeous photos of Hawaii. The sun and blue skies seem so far away for me as I find new places to put the snow in Toronto. 😉 I’ll have to remember to test out the swings when a trip to Hawaii becomes a reality for my family – hopefully in less than 5 years!

  7. budget jan February 11, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I like the photo of the valley floor because the clouds look like they are falling into the valley. Speaking of falling I guess you checked the rope for strength before swinging, lol. I liked you including photos of yourselves.

  8. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} February 11, 2014 at 6:23 am #

    That view of the Polulu valley floor is so very verdant and green. This seems like a little corner of the world that has it all — beautiful valleys, cliffs, black sand beaches and SWINGS! That swinging looks like fun. I think we just went to the overlook when we were there but didn’t want to make the hike down (and back up) since the kids were so little at the time.

  9. Corinne February 11, 2014 at 5:55 am #

    Noel, Gorgeous photos as always…I love the whimsy of the swings…beautiful.

  10. Mrs. Chasing the Donkey February 11, 2014 at 2:55 am #

    Thanks so much for linking up to the #SundayTraveler this week, as always another set of wonderful photos from you.

  11. Jackie February 10, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

    I’ve been here! Love Hawaii!

  12. Nancie Lee February 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm #

    Awesome photos Noel! I love the beach. I was on a black sand beach in Brazil. I would love to photograph another one! Beautiful!

  13. Suzanne Fluhr February 10, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    I need to search your site for your photo essays of Oahu where we get to live for the next three months!

  14. santafetraveler February 10, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I really want to go to Hawaii! Great photos as usual, Noel.

  15. Patti February 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm #

    Beautiful as always, love the photo of the woman in the foot swing – having fun!

  16. Neva February 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    Your pictures really capture the amazing scenery. I love the goofing off time and hope to visit there soon.

  17. Cathy Sweeney February 10, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    Those cliffs are so dramatic. Polulu Valley is such a beautiful, scenic area. Love those rock sculptures on the beach. And it looks like a good place to have some fun on the swings.

  18. travelnwrite February 10, 2014 at 9:26 am #

    You’ve captured that Hawaii magic in these photos, Noel. The swing is perfect. . .don’t they just bring out the kid in all of us? Aloha!

  19. Tonya {The Traveling Praters} February 10, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    You photos make me want to book a flight to Hawaii and escape the cold Ohio winter. 🙂 Love the swings. Looks like a fun day.

  20. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) February 10, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    I agree with Samantha – I’d always thought of Hawaii as just beautiful white sand beaches – didn’t realise there was so much more in the way of natural beauty and landscape – so far away from London but hope to make it there one day!

  21. muzachan February 9, 2014 at 8:09 pm #


  22. Disha Sharma February 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Wow so Beautiful Photography. I love these Great photo. Great photo shoot Noel. I love and appreciate your this unique post 🙂

  23. A Southern Gypsy February 9, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    Love the photo with the rock sculptures! Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler 🙂

  24. Rajlakshmi February 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

    Woww the place looks amazing.

  25. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse February 9, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    It was so nice seeing your pictures while we’re experiencing a difficult winter here!

  26. Samantha @mytanfeet February 9, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    Always thought of Hawaii having white sand beaches only but it makes sense to have black since it is also very volcanic! It’s like in Costa Rica too – one beach will have black sand, dark blue water, the one right next to it 100 meters to the right has soft white sand with turquoise water. All beautiful though 🙂

  27. Mary {The World Is A Book} February 9, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    Another gorgeous part of Hawaii! Beautiful photos, as always, Noel. Those swings look so much fun. Love that last photo. It just looks so serene.

  28. Sue Sharpe February 9, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    Stunning scenery!


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