Best Big Island Beaches

Big Island Black Sand Beach

This black sand beach which separates the beautiful Pololu Valley from the ocean is a lovely stretch of fine black sand rimmed with black lava rock and shockingly emerald green beach ground cover. However, rough surf and the occasional appearance of Portuguese Man-o-wars make it not the ideal beach for swimming.

John Derrick
Published by: John C. Derrick
Editor / Founder

Awini Trail leads down to the black sand beach takes approximately half an hour to hike. The dirt and root trail can be steep in places, but the various views of the valley along the way make even part of the walk worth it. You will find the trailhead near the parking lot. Look mauka and you should see a brown sign guiding you to the trail. It is smooth sailing going down, but getting back up can be a real workout.

Once you reach the valley, you'll pass through a small picnic area and can either continue on the path above the beach or go down and wiggle your toes in some black sand.

Pololu Valley is located at the end of Highway 270 in Kohala.

Our Big Island Tour Suggestions

Get a bird's-eye view of the Kohala Coast, stand in wonder at the otherworldly landscapes the lava has crafted, and explore hiking trails that must be seen to be believed! All of this and much more is possible on these great Big Island guided tours. Each one has been handpicked by our Hawaiian travel experts... we're sure you'll love them as much as we do! 

Geolocation Data

Geographic Coordinates

Latitude: 20.2069444
Longitude: -155.7336111

Open in Google Maps

beach_access Lifeguard
No
bathtub Facilities
None available
multiple_stop Length
Roughly 2000 ft.
flash_on Hazards
Surf can be rough. Portuguese Man-o-wars can be a problem.
pool Activities
Sunbathing
Short Hikes
Hikes
Pololu Valley Beach Photo Gallery
Terms of Use & Disclosures

This website's use is your expressly conditioned acceptance of the terms, conditions, and disclaimers found within our Disclaimer of Warranty and Limitation of Liability page without any modifications. Your use of this website constitutes your acceptance of all the terms, conditions, and disclaimers posted herein. If you do not agree with any part of these terms and conditions, you should not use this website. We also receive a small commission from travel partners for some of the links found on this website. All partners and related links comply with our Advertising Disclosures. For example, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. These links do not cost you anything and help provide the necessary funding to maintain this website. Mahalo!