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“Petroglyphs Galore!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Owner description: Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
Janesville, Wisconsin
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“Petroglyphs Galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This attraction is just awesome! It is a nice hike that takes about 30 minutes, the trail is well marked and easy to follow. I wouldn't wear sandals but some good shoes, there are rocks and slippery areas. The end of the hike is a large slab of lava covered in petroglyphs. A definite must!

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Not big, but interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

From parking this is a very short walk on a paved path to see the petroglyphs. There were feral cats in the lava rocks which was entertaining. I didn't see any information about the petroglyphs that might have given an understanding of the area. This is near a public beach that has a nice walking path, that goes through the parking lot and then parallels the beach.

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“The Petroglyphs speak to you across the centuries”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Both at Puako and in Waikoloa the ancient rock carvings are beautiful and visible. as others have noted it is best to go early AM or late PM to avoid the harsh sun, take water and good shoes as you will be walking over lava: in Waikoloa it is on the kings trail, just park in the lot between the shell station and roy's, walk out the lot east past the shell station (toward manu kea) turn left on the blacktop driveway, go down about 50 yards and you should see the sign for the reserve. most of the Petroglyphs are just over the next little hill about 100 yards. It is worth the trip, and right there in between holes on the golf course.

Visited November 2012
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Mesa, AZ
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“Interesting place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

A nice 40 minute or so hike, worth the visit. Interesting vibe to the place. We were there on an overcast afternoon. Follow driving instructions by previous commentors here and do not follow the google map route - leads somewhere else. Another option is to find the main turn from the highway and then follow signs.

Visited September 2012
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Dallas, Texas
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“Another good historical site in Kohala Coast area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

One of the few places in BI where you could observe Hawaiian Petroglyphs. The other one is located inside the Volcanoes National Park. Puako Petroglyphs has much larger collections than the one in VNP.
It's an unshaded trail. Do bring bottled waters and hat.
We hiked in with flip-flop but it's unwise to do that since you're walking through unpaved terrain.
The preservation effort has made this treasure open to the public so it is important that we appreciate it by not rubbing or adding to the petroglyphs.

Visited September 2012
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