Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Address, Phone Number, Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Reviews: 4/5

Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
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dctraveldad1991
Washington DC, DC127 contributions
Travel back in time through these ancient pictures
Jul 2021
This is another cool hike through a lava field. You look up to the caldera peak and down to the ocean. Our kids loved scrambling over the rocks and jumping on and off the trail. The Petroglyphs were surrounded by a raised wooden trail. They were big and easy to see. It's unbelievable to think that people actually lived in and around this lava field.
Written September 2, 2021
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OldLadyTexan
13 contributions
I wish I could read the story these tell
Jul 2021
It was very interesting to look at these petroglyphs and wonder what story they told. These were so different from others we saw on the Big Island. It's a good idea to go at the coolest time of day, as the rocks absorb and radiate a lot of heat.
Written August 25, 2021
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BayArea85
SF bay area74 contributions
Lava hike was just as interesting as the petroglyphs!
Apr 2021
My husband and teen enjoyed the walk through lava rocks to get to this area of interesting ancient petroglyphs. I would not say this walk was easy, and you definitely need tennis or hiking shoes since you are climbing up and down rocks of all sizes. But the path is laid out well, with beautiful wildflowers and a vast area of quiet surrounding you. It took us 20-30 minutes each way. The visitors center at the Volcano park was pouring rain, so we were so thankful to find a trail at the southern tip of the park which was completely dry and warm. Highly recommend!
Written April 14, 2021
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diverOhio
West Chester, OH229 contributions
Easy, disappointing petroglyphs
Mar 2021
The walk was easy and fun, good intro to walking on the lava. Trail well marked. The petroglyphs were a bit of a disappointment. I expected thousands easily viewed. It was raining, so we did not stay at the board walk to really search for them. the rain interfered with visibility as well. The guide books made this seem like they place to see petroglyphs. We did not do the trails in Kohala as a result. Oh well. Also, it is a 30 minute drive from the top of the park, so if you have limited time, I would chose another trail.
Written March 9, 2021
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,348 contributions
Intriguing Visit
Feb 2021 • Couples
We flirted with an impending rain shower as we wound our way to the petroglyphs 3/4 of a mile away through a lava field, the way marked by cairns of rocks. Once there, an elevated wooden platform surrounds the rock carvings, preserving these cultural artifacts. Interesting, and I wondered how many others have been covered by recents lava flows. This is the most interesting hike on the Chain of Craters Road. Cool.
Written February 24, 2021
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flashncrash
Berkeley, CA745 contributions
Ancient Hawaiian life
Nov 2019
You may wonder why the site was chosen by the natives and I don't have any answer for you. In the middle of nowhere even in Volcanoes NP. Granted perhaps many hundreds or thousands of years ago there was lush vegetation present between eruptions that allowed the land to be livable. There is plenty of parking on either side of the road and a healthy 3/4 mile trek to the petroglyphs. The path is crudely marked by periodic stacks of rock/lava but it does meander and there is a chance you could venture off in the wrong direction. So if you are able to continuously follow the stacks then you will be on the right path. It was actually fun to run the uneven path but you will risk an ankle injury. Once to the petroglyphs proper there is an elevated boardwalk that offers you views of the ancient artwork. You will also find some petroglyphs outside of the area. The sad thing is some moronic people have vandalized/graffitied some areas. You have to wonder how much those same people would like it if it was done to something of importance to them. The Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs were well worth the trek, however I cannot say I need to visit them a second time. If you go make sure you bring water as it can get hot and there is no safe source of water nearby.
Written October 28, 2020
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Don H
Georgetown, Canada100 contributions
Maybe Not Worth the Hike
Feb 2020
The petroglyphs are a fair hike (.75 mi each way) over quite uneven terrain for those with limited hiking abilities. After a 30 min hike you arrive at a raised boardwalk circling the petroglyphs. Some modest improvements could be made to smooth out this trail and make it more accessable. With only one other hiker far ahead, we were often left wondering which direction to continue.
Written March 19, 2020
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JimboMalibu_CA
Malibu, CA328 contributions
Challenging walk for seniors
Mar 2020 • Couples
We heard this was interesting stop on the Chain of Craters Road. The “trail” is very rough over many boulders and only roughly marked. It is over a mile round trip and it is quite warm here (4000 feet below main Park). The petroglyphs were moderately interesting but frankly I would not do again. We are 70 in good health/shape but it was a bit of struggle.
Written March 17, 2020
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,551 contributions
Different
Feb 2020
We've seen a lot of these before but if you haven't seen them it's worth stopping. It's one of the sites to pull out on the Chain of Craters Road. They give you good history about it too.
Written February 28, 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
A little hike
Jan 2020
Not a bad hike pretty level but you have some rough parts to traverse. It is about a mile round trip The petroglyphs are in good shapes and they are viewable from the platforms. Take your camera and water.
Written February 24, 2020
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