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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #127 of 246 attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Historic Sites
Description: Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
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California
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177 reviews 177 reviews
46 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We went to this petroglyph site because our tour book said that it was shady, and indeed the first half of the half-mile walk to the site was very shady, and with a lot of rocks and roots on the path (wear sturdy shoes. We were amazed to see families walking on this path, with parents wearing great hiking shoes... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

This attraction is a must if you are interested in viewing petroglyphs. It is easily reached and allows for some of the best pictures. If you stop at the paved trail, it is still a good view. If you are up to a bit more hiking there is definitely more to see. If you do not wish to hike, it... More

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Alaska
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56 reviews 56 reviews
27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Yes, a person has to keep "hiking" beyond the paved path. The trail is sometimes not so well marked for people that don't hike very often, and winds around among blackened trees that are themselves quite fantastic looking, in my opinion. There are a few petroglyphs along the way to the main area so keep your eyes open. Once you... More

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Sidney, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
27 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

This short hike was very interesting, the hike really only begins once you have passed the paved portion of the trail, there are several petroglyphs here but that is only the beginning, with a short walk on a 'rustic' trail you find the main beds, covered in petroglyphs, the scale is difficult to quantify as they are everywhere. The trail... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Wow, this was completely underwhelming. After driving into the village (read: shopping center), we parked in the designated parking are and walked in. Some people have described this as a hike, but in fact it is a level paved trail over a small lava field. The hike appeared to terminate at the edge of a grove of really cool and... More

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Roberts Creek, Canada
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49 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

These petroglyphs are easy to view and a great addition precursor to a picnic at the Holoholokai Beach Park that borders the same parking lot. Just turn off the highway at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel sign (between mile markers #73 & #74, about 20-25 minutes north of Kailua-Kona) then follow the signs to the "public beach & petroglyphs" (keeping... More

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New York City, New York
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18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

A short hike (30 min round trip) with some petroglyphs at the beginning, then a cool eerie forest of dead branches, and then a large slab of lava with more petroglyphs. Honestly, I thought there would be much more petroglyphs that you could see up close. I don't think I would go out of my way to see it if... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

A 0.7 mile hike in & out over rough terrain seemed pretty daunting for my wife and I with our 8-year old son and 2-year old daughter in tow, but I really wanted to go (geocaches! history!) so we did it. It was a very educational experience for everybody, it was a fun hike (different than the woods here in... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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9 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

The park is on the ocean with a non-beach. Picnic area includes grills if you want to fry your own too. If for some weird reason you find feral cats to be cool, they are crawling all over the trailhead here - not the scrawny shaggy waifs you would expect but fat kitties that must be getting fed. Anyway the... More

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CA shores
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

The Petroglyphs are found inside the Mauna Lani resort. The first several are accessible by those who using wheelchairs or with mobility issues, which is nice. Then after about 3/4 of a mile, hikers are rewarded with a huge lava slab displaying hundreds of petroglyphs from hundreds of years ago. Very cool.

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