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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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History reveals itself!!!

A fairly short walk, some of it on boardwalked paths. Lots of Petroglyphs that you cannot miss. A great little hike for all ages!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The short hike to the petroglyphs over the volcanic rock was really fun and we loved the petroglyphs and the explanation of the umbilical cords. Well worth our time. I saw someone doing the trail in flip-flops but I wouldn't recommend it. The rocks can be sharp!

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The hike is 1.5 miles round trip over lava fields. It is not a difficult hike, but in my opinion not worth the payoff. It is neat if you have never seen anything like this before, but when I got to the end I kept wondering if this was it?

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Takes about an hour at most to complete. Follow the rock formations to the boardwalk around them. You should see something with about 20 minutes of average walking. It's on way to Chain of Craters Road.

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Middletown, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

A fairly short walk, some of it on boardwalked paths. Lots of Petroglyphs that you cannot miss. A great little hike for all ages!

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Tacoma, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Trail takes about an hour to walk round trip, and you can easily view and photograph all the petroglyphs in about 20 minutes. That being said, I was a bit rushed the afternoon that I did this trail. While the distance was less than a mile each way, it felt like a lot longer because of the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

These are very cool and make you think a lot about who may have carved them and why. Enjoyed seeing the spots where infant umbilical cords are placed. Very serene with no one in sight

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Los Angeles, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

If you have been to any petroglyphs in the SouthWest USA this is going to be somewhat disappointing. The petroglyphs blend in more here and about 90% of them are holes carved to place the umbilical cords of newborns to bring the baby good Luck. The hike isn't difficult, but is also not easy. Wear good shoes, sunscreen and take... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

It’s a short hike out on the lava field to get to the petroglyphs. The path is uneven and rocky, so be careful if you are there in the late evening light and if you are there in the mid-day, it will be very hot and windy. There are thousands of carvings all over, off the path that you can... More 

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Honolulu
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We went on a very hot, uncomfortable day. The route is not difficult but somewhat rocky and uneven. It takes a while to get out there. Not much to see- would not recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Yet another phenomenal attraction on Chain of Crater Road! The Pu'u Loa petroglyphs are around 300 meters from the highway...a good trail to the site and a nice boardwalk surrounds the actual rock carvings. They're extraordinary and a visual record of days gone by. Don't miss them, in any weather!

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