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The Puako Petroglyphs

Island of Hawaii, HI
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Ranked #190 of 246 attractions in Island of Hawaii
Type: Historic Sites, Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Hiking
Traveler Description: Looking for a free activity to do around Waikoloa/Kohala Coast? Stroll along the petroglyphs.  The Puako Petroglyphs are an easy walk from the... more »
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Pleasanton, CA
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264 reviews 264 reviews
78 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

The petroglyphs were near where we were staying, so we decided to go and see them. It was a hot, sweaty, and dirty walk to see what amounted to very little to see. Most of the carvings were identical. Spend your time doing something much more fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This is very cool! Take the time and drive to the beach park. The beach is very rocky but you can put your toes in the cool water. From this park you can take the petroglyph trail. I will say that it is hot and you should bring a bottle of water. I agree with the other reviews you will... More

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Coquitlam, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Some of the best Big Island experiences are nearby and they are free! Take the Mauna Lani exit from Highway 19 and be prepared to walk/hike. Bring some water, good footwear and a camera. If you are not staying in the area stop at the The Shops at Mauna Lani for water and maps or stop by a real estate... More

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Nicholasville, Kentucky
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28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

These petroglyphs are not that easy to locate and take a while to walk to, but once you get there it is very interesting. I believe that these are intended to be hard to locate, in order to keep people from damaging them, since the pathway is over lava and through woods.

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Del Norte, Colorado
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15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

First of all, use the directions found in the previous reviews and take water (we went in November and it was still hot and humid) and a camera. I think these petroglyphs, hidden in the woods, must be one of the best kept secrets on the Big Island. We only saw one other couple there on the day we visited... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2011

Agree completely with the review below. Great site if you are looking for some of Hawaii's history. Note the directions carefully - head towards the Fairmont Orchid and park in the lot by the beach. Don't get confused with the other petroglyphs in the area that can be seen in Waikoloa Beach development (for those ones, park in the Kings... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2006

The Pualo Petroglyphs are in a Historic Park in the Mauna Lani Resort. This is one of the largest preserved petroglyph fields in Hawaii. The setting is serene and natural.. Plan on at least an hour to walk the trail and appreciate the petroglyphs. To get to the Historic Park and viewable portion of the Puako petroglyph fields, go about... More

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