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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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Well worth the walk (but don't do it at night!)

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... read more

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

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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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Perhaps one of the highlights of my trip to Hawaii was to see the petroglyphs at the end of a 1 mile trail in Volcanoes National Park. There was a huge variety and it is clear that this was a holy place for people who came to bury umbilical cords here. Try to go early in the morning or late... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Takes about 15 minutes to walk to off trail of craters road. you will hike towards a platform area and when you get close you will start seeing all these indented dots and figures on the rocks. really cool to check out. speaks to the beauty of the Polynesian experience and history in Hawaii.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This is an easy 20-minute walk (2.5km round-trip hike) over an old lava flow to an interesting ancient Hawaiian petroglyph site. The area was quite deserted when we did the trail in the late afternoon on a rather rainy day and the stark scenery was quite beautiful

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