Views of the coast, the black sand beach and valley beyond are obstructed from the lookout. The best way to see all that this area of the Big Island has to offer is to hike down the four mile trail to the valley floor 1000 feet below you. The hike is moderately difficult with a rocky path. The climb back up is strenuous. Allow yourself about two to three hours for the hike.
The path takes you through groves of hau and ironwood trees, marshland and across the valley stream which, depending on recent rainfall, may be easy to cross or even set off from the shoreline by a sandbar. You'll then arrive at the valley's black sand beach, a favorite spot for family outings.