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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Rich In Hawaiian History

A short walk from the trailhead along an interesting trail brings you to this most interesting site... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tom B
Salida, Colorado
Good trek for a break from the beach

The trail back to the site snakes through some thick brush and over some rough terrain, but the... read more

Reviewed March 13, 2019
Alexandria, Minnesota
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A short walk from the trailhead along an interesting trail brings you to this most interesting site of petroglyph's. Here you will see where ancient Hawaiian's placed their impressions in lava telling all that they were here. I was surprised that in the fact of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Tom B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed on Hawaii island at Fairmont Orchid resort, about 20 miles north from the Kona airport, off Rte. No 19. We accidentally stumbled upon this amazing place; it is just 2 miles from the hotel (follow the signs). It is very well hidden in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rajkathane
Reviewed March 13, 2019 via mobile

The trail back to the site snakes through some thick brush and over some rough terrain, but the grade is very manageable. Just watch your step and don't bang your head on the branches. We were there at about 10 am on a somewhat cloudy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tomjoni
Reviewed March 9, 2019

On our first day visiting Big Island we organized an historical tour of the Koala Coast. We had a rental car, so we could stop and visit the places at our own pace. The first stop was at Puako petroglyphs just north of Mauna Lani...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank LauraDiItaly
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Stopped by while on vacation and enjoyed the walk through a spooky forest, over lava flows and finally to the petroglyphs. Try to go in the morning or late afternoon when the shadows show the ancient rock art better and it is not so hot.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BRDman7
Reviewed February 5, 2019

Extensive petroglyphs await you at the end of an .8 mile trail. Trail is flat, but rocky in parts with close over-hanging branches. Well worth the hour or so it takes round trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravelQueen1107
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

About a 1.7 mile hike over rough terrain. There are a bunch of what we believe to be fake petroglyphs from previous tourists carved into the rocks when you walk in. Don’t look as old and aren’t really weathered like the real ones. Bring water...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed October 6, 2018

We were really glad we did this free and interesting outing during our time on the Big Island. We were staying at the Fairmont Orchid, so it was an easy walk to get to the parking lot of the park. From the parking lot, there's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
Reviewed August 14, 2018

This is very easy to access. We went after 5 pm, so the sun was on its way down. I wouldn't recommend going at the height of the day, as it was still radiating heat even when we went. There was no one else exploring,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Efb68
Reviewed August 1, 2018 via mobile

If you take it for what it is, this is a pretty cool and easy excursion. Walk along and look at carvings in the rocks from 100’s of years ago. I enjoyed the nice walk and a brief look into the past of how things...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Response from Honu_Ohana | Reviewed this property |
It is walkable but a hot and not that scenic walk on the road. You can make a shorter and scenic 15 minute walk along the shoreline north and get to Holoholokai Beach Park. The petroglyph trail is off the parking lot on... More