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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Address: Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #116 of 256 Attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
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Type: Historic Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.

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Kent
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169 reviews 169 reviews
77 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
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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Pelham, New Hampshire
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49 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

While the petroglyphs at the volcano were interesting from their suspected meaning there was much more variety of shapes here. Super easy to get to. I don't understand why people are complaining that it's too hot. It's an archeological site on Hawaii, do they also think the entire state is too hot??

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Chicago, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Too hot! But it's a great cultural experience after starting to feel guilty with all the touristy stuff. Anyway, Hapuna Beach is close enough, which is a really nice place to take a swim.

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Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Go to Mauni Lani Drive then at the round about turn at 1st exit on N Kaniku Drive follow signs to Puako Park. Parking lot is at the end of road. Trail begins at North East corner of parking area where you will see a trail sign. We initially parked and headed towards the beach. It wasn't until we returned... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Please go to this Petroglyph Reserve. It is a beautiful 20 minute or so walk to the Petroglyphs, though some are viewable near the parking area. As other reviews have said wear sturdy shoes, protect yourself from the sun because only some areas of the trail are shaded (and partially at that). Bring a water bottle for each person attending... More 

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Carleton, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This Archaeological Preserve is a bit of a challenge to find. We had to ask several people to help us locate it. The fireman did not know where it was, and he was within two miles of the place. Go to Mauna Lani Resort on the Island of Hawaii. You will note the sign for Puako on the highway somewhere... More 

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California
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224 reviews 224 reviews
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73 helpful votes 73 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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New Hyde Park, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The trail to the petroglyphs goes thru the woods and takes 15-20 minutes. All of a sudden you come to a clearing and there are hundreds of Petroglyphs. Don't miss this

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Melbourne, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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52 helpful votes 52 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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