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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Centreville, Virginia
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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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Albany, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

A short easy walk to see evidence of the cultural side of the Kilauea Volcano. The petroglyphs are remarkable (partly because of their seeming remoteness from habitable areas!). Coming down the hill from the fog and rain, we were not well prepared for the high heat.

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Herndon, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

It was really nice to get out and hike a little bit over the lava to see the petroglyphs. They're right near the Holei Arch, so while you're down there, take a little bit to go see them. The hike isn't hard at all, but you'll want decent shoes, since it does involve broken rocks. Around the petroglyphs themselves is... More 

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Reno, NV
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

On our last trip to the Big Island we visited the Puako Petroglyph Park (kind of over by Waikaloa) and were incredibly impressed by the size and quantity of the images. So on our second trip we decided a trip to the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs was required... We were pretty disappointed since the majority of the petroglyphs are just dots.... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It took us (healthy adults) about 20 minutes each way to walk from the road to the petroglyphs. In order to minimize the impact of tourism on the area, no paved path has been created. The route is marked by stones and the dust left by previous hikers only. Make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to be back... More 

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