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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

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Address: Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

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Very cool

We had seen Indian petroglyphs before and they are similar to these. We were impressed with the way that you could still see them so clearly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We had seen Indian petroglyphs before and they are similar to these. We were impressed with the way that you could still see them so clearly.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

If you invest the 1/2 hour to 1 hour you'll need for this 1.4 mile R/T hike expecting interesting Petroglyph "Art" get ready for disappointment. If you go seeking spiritual insight to part of the Hawaiian culture, you'll be well rewarded. Rough path, wear sturdy soled shoes.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

You will need : water, hat, sunscreen and lots of patience on this hike. The Petroglyphs are close to the coast & southern part of Chain of Craters drive, so there are no trees or foliage on your trek. Well, there are a few crazy Noni trees that but is about it. The hike takes you over lots and lots... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Pu'u Loa is a very well preserved suite of Hawaiian native petroglyphs carved into the basalts that naturally pave the ground along the southern coast of the Big Island. It's about a 0.7 mi. walk from the parking on Chain of Craters Road to the site, which is well-marked and has nice self-guiding signage. I went late in the day,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A long walk on black lava rock. Not well marked not protected from idiot tourists. If you've been to NM than this pales. Just did not seem that impressive.

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Chestnut Ridge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a great place for those of us interested in rock art to visit. First, it is extremely easy to find. Just follow the signage off the Chain of Craters road. The trail is uneven but easy to follow. The walk out is really not that bad. I went in August with the sun out in full force and... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Definitely worth the trek out to the viewing boardwalk. The trail over an old lava field is uneven so you need to watch your step, but the land is level and so it is not physically strenuous. The midday sun is hot, though, and there is no protection from the elements, so bring drinks and a hat. Most amazing to... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

A cool walk though lava fields to something truly unique. Read the placards at the site about "why" the petroglyphs are there. Fascinating stuff.

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I read about petroglyphs on the flight from Oahu so when I saw there were some in the park I wanted to check them out. It was a shot hike, 1.4 miles round trip, with minimal change in elevation. It was neat to see them and read about what they represent. It's the largest collection of petroglyph in the state.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

It is a small hike to get to these petroglyphs a cool experience for people who want to see something authentic about Hawaii! The site is in the Volcano national Park. Perfect for taking some snap shots .

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