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The Puako Petroglyphs

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See petroglyphs of men and animals at this site.

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Beautiful petroglyphs

You need to be prepared to walk a bit to reach the petroglyphs. There are a few right off the parking lot but if you can handle heat, humidity and low hanging branches, it's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Donna L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

You need to be prepared to walk a bit to reach the petroglyphs. There are a few right off the parking lot but if you can handle heat, humidity and low hanging branches, it's a really fascinating place to visit . There are a few signs to keep you on the right path and we saw families with young children... More 

Thank Donna L
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

We walked over from the Fairmont and enjoyed the trek. The Petroglyphs are an important part of history and the vegetation along the way was really cool. We even scored a GeoCache at the end!

Thank blytheanderic
Jensen Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The Puako Petroglyphs are located north of Kona on route 19. Coming from Kona, you turn left at Mauna Lani Drive and continue right on the “roundabout” on Ala Ka’a Way. The park is next to the Fairmont Orchid Resort. It is well marked and easy to find. I would recommend going to the Petroglyph trail early or later in... More 

1 Thank Marty B
Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Maybe hiking to the petroglyph field in the afternoon on a 90 degree day wasn't the best idea, but I still think cooler weather wouldn't have made the field look better. It is worth seeing, but the best petroglyphs are at the beginning of the trail. You will then go thru some gothic looking trees. Be sure to wear sunscreen,... More 

Thank Sue2000
Courtenay, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

It was a relatively short walk to the main site - 0.7 miles through this enchanted forest of trees and shrubs. Mom the way we saw a few petroglyphs and most were stuck men but a turtle and what looked like a woman was also seen. The main site was rather large and had lots of etchings in the lava... More 

Thank Smoltman
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

before going to see petroglyphs , you have to realize and understand what you are going to see.Its carvings in the stones, some circles and lines and human or animal ( more accurate would be to say "like human" or "like animal") pictures, most of them even look like identical to our eye ( but they are not !! )... More 

1 Thank Saule A
Richmond, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Signage in the resort area was terrible with no signs giving any direction to where the petroglyphs are therefore we had a heck of a time actually finding the parking lot and trail head. The short hike is easy and takes less than 1/2 hour to reach the site. It is paved part way & then turns into a narrow... More 

Thank inger_ted
Pleasanton, CA
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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.

Thank Jamaica_Jeff
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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 

1 Thank JenniferBret
Coquitlam, Canada
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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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