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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Address: Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.

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A nice walk to the hundreds of petroglyphs

The trail is pretty easy to follow even though there are only a couple signs along the way. There are rocks and roots along the way and the first half is through a forest so it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bill C
New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trail is pretty easy to follow even though there are only a couple signs along the way. There are rocks and roots along the way and the first half is through a forest so it is nicely shaded. After about 15-20 minutes you get to the main petroglyph site. Hundreds of them on the rocks behind the fence.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The walk to the petroglyphs is more interesting than the petroglyphs themselves. We started the short trek (about a 30 minute walk each way) at 10 am. It was hot but a large part of the trek was in the shade. The walk takes you through a forest of old trees and lava. The terrain is flat but very uneven.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

First, this is FREE, so it's nice to have something to do in Hawaii that does not cost money! The preserve is tucked away, located right next to a beach, so you can also visit the beach while you are there, but it isn't really a sunbathing beach as it is all rocks and dead coral- not sand. The trail... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This trail was very interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the trees at the start of the hike. The last portion gets hot but it is worth it to see the Petroglyphs.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

I guess I was spoiled by the petroglyphs field in Volcanoes National Park, where people are able to look down from the boardwalks and see the carvings on the lava. Here, there are a few carvings at the mouth of the trail and many at the end of the trail. However, at the end of the trail, the Preservationists prohibit... More 

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Oakdale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

There are an abundance of petroglyphs to explore at this park. Go prepared with sturdy hiking shoes and plenty of sunscreen. This is not a hike for those unsteady on their feet as the terrain is very rugged. The sites are amazing though and worth the walk.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for something to do, then go for it. It's really not worth the long hit hike through the desert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A short bike ride from the Fairmont Orchid hotel, these are interesting carvings on ancient rock. We missed them at first as we went straight towards the beach area but on leaving the car park we spotted a small notice pointing to the paved walkway. Take the time to wander the whole trail. Well worth the effort.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Paved trail turns to dirt. Fascinating variety of petroglyphs that you can view along the trail to your final destination of a large display of petroglyphs. I would call it a garden but there is no foliage. Very interesting. On a sunny day you will see something glimmer on the side of the trail. This is a green gem called... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A big thank you to previous reviewers for providing accurate directions and descriptions of this important site. My wife and I stopped off to view the petroglyphs after spending the day at the Spencer Beach Park near Kawaihae. There is a parking lot from whence you walk along a 0.7 mile trail to the archeological site. The trail passes through... More 

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