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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Suzy B wrote a review Apr 2020
Nashua, New Hampshire78 contributions21 helpful votes
Walking the 1.4 mile round trip trail to the Puako Petroglyphs was a nice way to mix up our scenery during our 5-night stay on the big island. The trail is a little rough and hard to follow in places, but the petroglyph destination was enough to keep the kids incented to persevere. If you're staying in the area and are looking to spend an active hour outdoors away from the beach and pool, this is a nice option to know about.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Jinger S wrote a review Feb 2020
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The trail head was not well-marked so it took a little wandering to find it. The trail started out okay with a loose stone pathway, but that soon ended and the majority of the trail was relatively primitive. As others noted, lots of tripping hazards with exposed roots and stones of various sizes, some quite loose. There were times I wasn't even sure I was on the right path. Kinda disappointed when I got to the end, I've seen other displays I thought were far superior. If you want to wander thru some trees and exert some energy, not a bad way to do it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Laura wrote a review Jan 2020
Minato, Japan32 contributions8 helpful votes
The trailhead is located near the parking lot, facing the opposite way from the beach. There are some (possibly) replica petroglyphs near the entrance but you need to keep going for about 20-30 minutes to reach the actual preserve. The trail is completely lacking of signage or real walkway, so you should follow what looks like the beaten path and wear closed-toe, sturdy shoes as to not hurt yourself with all the entangled tree roots. Unfortunately the sun was really high when we got there so we couldn't see the petroglyphs very well. I recommend going early in the morning.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Judith W wrote a review Jan 2020
Arlington, Virginia58 contributions13 helpful votes
This free archaeological site is fascinating. The hike is not difficult, but do wear appropriate shoes or good solid sandals as there are lots of large thorns on the walk. There are a few petroglyphs along the way, but the impressive set of hundreds of them are at the end of the walk. Well worth it!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Sam B wrote a review Nov 2019
Summerland, Canada49 contributions19 helpful votes
The Petroglyphs at the start are very wonderful. (Although they may be new). The enchanted forest was such a treat. The Petroglyphs at the end were a disappointment as the time of day was not the best for viewing.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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