Pololū Trail

Trail in Kohala Forest Reserve (Pololu Section)


  • Directions

    Geolocation is not allowed
  • Distance

    0.42 miles


Pololū Trail is a section of the Old Government Road to ʻĀwini. It begins at the end of the paved road and goes down the face of the cliff (420') to just behind the shoreline. The trail is steep and can be slippery. Note historic cobble stones still embedded in sections of the trail.

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Point: 420 ft.

Lowest Point: sea level

Allowed Activities
Horseback Riding
Wildlife Watching
Allowed Access

Additional Information


  • Dangerous Cliff
  • Dangerous Shorebreak
  • Falling Rocks
  • Flash Flood
  • Rip Currents
  • Slipper Rocks
  • Strong Current


Take Highway 270 to the end at Pololū Lookout in North Kohala.

Simple Trail Tips

  1. Stay on the trail 
  2. Check the weather 
  3. Watch the time 
  4. Avoid undue risk 
  5. Read all posted signs 
  6. Respect other trail users 
  7. Pack out at least what you pack in


  • Beach Going
  • Equestrian
  • Hiking
  • Pedestrian
  • Sightseeing
  • Tours


  • Nature Study
  • Ocean Scenery
  • Scenic Viewpoint
  • Stream

Special Conditions

* Caution: high surf, undertow, and rip tides occur in the ocean here. * Steep and slippery conditions exist along trail * No emergency phone or cell coverage * No camping without permits * Secure vehicles and remove valuables * No restroom facilities in valley Do not use any trail or access road that is not delineated by name and color and that may also be displayed on these maps. The marked features are managed for public recreational use. Other trails or roads that branch off from the public features may be on private property, and are not managed for any public recreational use. Access is subject to adjacent landowner approval, and if used without authorization, you will be trespassing and possibly putting yourself at risk. Downloadable resources are provided below