This day's itinerary will take you to some of the most beautiful scenery you will EVER see on Planet Earth. 

The Pololu Valley is very similar to the more-famous Waipio Valley, but somewhat smaller and without the challenges 4x4 vehicle and too many people hanging out in the magical valley once you're down there. The Waipio Valley is very beautiful, but apparently (and lucky for you) the guidebook writers didn't bother looking at Pololu. It is your host's favorite destination on the island. We take a picnic, spread out our beach towels on a log or on the sandy knoll, and let hours slide by. NOTE: While Pololu is associate with the WEST side of our island, it has the weather and rain patterns of the Hilo side. In general, the earlier you start your trek into the valley, the less probability of rain.

  • Stop #1: Lava Tube. From the house, drive north via coast highway (11/19/270), there are beaches and beautiful scenery all along. A couple of options are the interesting lava tube at Mile Marker 91 (just past Kona Airport) and gorgeous Hapuna Beach. The lava tube is literally just off the highway, and parking is on the wide shoulder. You should see some stacked rocks and maybe another vehicle or two. This is a wild place and there are no facilities of any kind--you can climb through the tube.



  • Stop #2: Hawi and/or Kapaau to browse/eat a snack. In Hawi (pronounced Ha-Vee) the fudge shop is especially yummy. Kapaau is the birthplace of Kamehameha the Great and there's a big statue of him.


  • Stop #3: Pololū Valley. Continue from Kapaau to the end of the highway and you'll be at the Pololū overlook and trailhead1KM hike each way, take shoes). IMPORTANT: do not attempt to swim at this beach. It is NOT safe; the currents are very dangerous and unpredictable. The walk along the beach is gorgeouis, and we usually just hang out with a picnic and soak in the astonishingly beautiful energy of this place. If you're quiet, you'll hear the sounds of the surf, the rocks clacking together in the waves, the wind in the trees, is absolute paradise.


  • Part #4: Drive back to Hawi and turn onto Hwy 250 to go over Kohala Mtn. toward Waimea. The road climbs up for amazing views and changing landscapes---don't be surprised if at one moment you feel you're in a rain forest and a few moments later you feel you're in Tuscany and then Ireland. Drive VERY carefully on this road; if the driver wants to look at the scenery, pull out.


  • Stop #5: Waimea. Arrive in Waimea where there are some spots to eat and the Parker Ranch Store is an interesting place to browse--most people don't come to Hawaii expecting cowboy imagery, but as home to many cattle ranches, the Big Island has a lot of Western heritage. Suggested meal at Big Island Brewhaus, we feel they are the best brewer on our island.

After Waimea, drive safely home to the house. 

The most beautiful scenery on Earth: black sand beach, magical Pololu Valley, magnificent mountains