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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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Quite interesting, if you have time

If you have just a very short time in the park, you may skip this- otherwise it's quite interesting to see how people used to live in a place like that and how creative they were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Ostrava, Czech Republic

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Keaau, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The hike is apx 40 mins to an hour one way...........go early in the morning as it gets hot by midday. Make sure to take water with you and your camera. Read up on the history to really enjoy what you are viewing. Please do not go off the path, keep this sacred and special.

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

If you have just a very short time in the park, you may skip this- otherwise it's quite interesting to see how people used to live in a place like that and how creative they were. We were surprised to find out that the hundreds of holes everywhere used to be made for umbilical cords of new born babies. Use... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015 via mobile

I was under the impression that this would be a wooden pathway from the road but it isn't so make sure you wear good shoes as you will climbing up and over rocks the whole way til you get to the actual site. Once there you are on raised platforms to see the carvings. All very interesting. Make sure you... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

These petroglyphs are definitely worth stopping to see. It is an easy hike out along a trail to get to the petroglyph field, which has hundreds of them! There is a boardwalk that takes you through the petroglyph field and makes it easy to see them. A park ranger is sometimes stationed there. We were lucky enough to have one... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Neat to see, but a really long feeling hike over very hot, old and bumpy lava, and not a lot there when you arrive. It could be we'd already been hiking a lot, but it was also very hot, and the lava (not molten!) radiated heat! I like these kind of things, but was a little disappointed with the quantity,... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Does a 20-30 min march along a black lava field with no sun protection sound fun? By the time you get there you want to leave. Maybe if it's cloudy it's fine, but if there is sun stay away. The "short hike" feels like it takes forever because there is nothing interesting to look at, I would rather walk across... More 

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Flushing, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

About a 10-minute hike out to the petroglyphs. There is a boardwalk available to walk around and see a large variety. You will notice many on the way back that you did not see on the way out!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We walked 1.4 miles round trip to view these in the hot sun with no shade. When we got there it was underwhelming. There wasn't that many there that were very readable and there wasn't a story they were kinda random. If you go, bring water and sun block.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

It's a long hot walk after all the drive up sites on chain of craters, Our seven year old led the hike. As long as you see an occasional large stack of rocks, you are in the right track. Wear sunscreen and carry water. The petroglyphs are cool along the board walk, once you get there.

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Glenshaw, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We enjoyed our drive on the Chain of Craters Road and the short walk to the Petroglyphs was very cool. For the most part of our time there we had the site to ourselves which made it even more amazing. Be sure to stop the walk is easy and the trip back in time very special

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