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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
808-985-6000
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Awesome sight for history or culture buffs

This cultural/historical sight is reached by hiking about one and a half miles (round trip) across... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Alaena H
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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Well preserved, but come prepared!

This was a 1.4 mile round trip hike. There is no shade or water. Water is a must if you take this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
beaujolias3
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Chain of Craters Rd., on left past mile marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This cultural/historical sight is reached by hiking about one and a half miles (round trip) across very uneven, rocky terrain. I wouldn't suggest it for anyone with infirmaties. There are no shaded areas or benches. Be sure to bring water and wear good sunscreen. That...More

Thank Alaena H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a 1.4 mile round trip hike. There is no shade or water. Water is a must if you take this hike!! We hiked on top of lava fields to reach the petroglyphs but worth the effort! They are very well preserved and fun...More

1  Thank beaujolias3
Reviewed April 22, 2017

A nice walk after the drive. You can see the plume from the volcano when you reach the end. The petroglyph's while interesting from a cultural perspective weren't overly exciting.

Thank rcat02
Reviewed April 10, 2017

IF you enjoy seeing history, plan for this stop along the Chain of Craters drive. It is not far, but very windy and warm/hot. I had never seen "real" petroglyphs before - only photos and replicas in museums. Be sure to bring your camera, the...More

Thank AKJen907
Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Make sure to bring a sun hat and some water. The entire trail is fully exposed to the sun and along an uneven lava field. I've seen some people hike the path in sandals, but not recommended because the lava rocks are sharp and rough...More

Thank rbonez
Reviewed March 27, 2017

Translated as the "long hill", this archeological site is considered sacred to many in Hawaii. The earliest recorded writing about these carvings was in the early 1800s by a missionary.

Thank bobsboy_texas
Reviewed March 9, 2017

Short hike through a lave field with the path marked by rock carns. Saw some petroglyphs on the way to the main site, however plenty to observe and appreciate once you arrive to the main site. A board walk has be constructed so that you...More

Thank Joe P
Reviewed March 5, 2017

We enjoyed our walk to view the petroglyphs... quite a leisurely walk to get to the site. Great view of old lava runs. Very unique landscape. Worth a visit...

Thank Marcel F
Reviewed February 25, 2017

How easily we text our friends. How casually we send out a twitter message. Come to one of Hawaii'i's ancient petroglyph sites and be inspired by the determination and devotion required to mark these lava surfaces with both thanksgiving and hope. This stretch of lava...More

Thank Gabriele S
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

So these petroglyphs are visible from a boardwalk a 1.4 mile round walk from the park road. It can be hot and dry down there at sea level, take water, wear some good footwear as you follow a path through lava fields to get there....More

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