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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Rope swings in the valley floor
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.
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.
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