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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

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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washington state
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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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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

These are certainly interesting, but not earth shatteringly so. If you happen to come on a rainy, cold, or windy day, just keep going.

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Redondo Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

And there is no shade along the path, but it’s worth it at the end. Follow the rock piles to stay on the path and at the end there is a walkway where you can get up close to the glpyhs.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

You've driven all the way down the Chain of Craters Road. Your tired of sitting in your car. Why not get out and take a walk to stretch out? This is a rather short, relatively easy, fairly level walk to some impressive petroglyphs. Make sure you check it out.

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