Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
4
About
Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.

Top ways to experience Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve and nearby attractions

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as wait time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles187 reviews
Excellent
62
Very good
87
Average
30
Poor
7
Terrible
1

Laura
Minato, Japan33 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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.
Written January 18, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Daniel W
Leesburg, VA18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
Nice easy “hike” that is approximately 1.1 miles out and back. The path is a mix of concrete sidewalk at the beginning, a short gravel section, hard earth through the Forrest and some loose sand sections. Overall it’s a very easy hike for all abilities.

The vast majority of the petroglyphs at this site are carved on horizontal surfaces and hard to fully see them all (partly due to prior bad actors who walked on them and made rubbings of them) as the trail keeps you a decent distance from them.

While it’s a nice hike and interesting to see I’d recommend the Waikoloa Petroglyph Field located near Kings Shops for easier viewable petroglyphs
Written July 4, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Suzy B
Bedford, NH141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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.
Written April 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

RainSeattleMom
Issaquah, WA506 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
The petroglyphs share a parking lot with the Holoholokai Beach next to the Fairmont Orchid. The trailhead is in the first parking area on the right (not towards the beach). It is an obvious trailhead, but can be missed since people start naturally looking towards the water. There is a bathroom across from the trailhead. The trail isn't real long, and it was almost completely shaded when we went in the late morning. I loved it because it was so unique! Hiking under the trees over and around roots and lava rock. There is a fake petroglyph area at the head of the trail FYI - that isn't it. After hiking through the beautiful trees and crossing a bit of a field, we came upon the real petroglyphs that are partially fenced in to alert you not to step on them. There is a little trail going all the way around them though so you can get pretty close and see different perspectives.

WARNING: We went to a road next to the petroglyphs instead of taking the trail back (my husband wanted to check it out). There are bees being kept on this road. Don't walk that way. Just take the trail back - it's much prettier anyway.
Written April 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

atlas993
Elk Grove, CA551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
This place was an adventure. It is more of a hike than we thought and definitely don’t wear sandals, I highly recommend real shoes as you’re walking through fallen trees and bushes with thorns on your way to the big petroglyphs. Once you get to the petroglyphs it is all worth it, I couldn’t even believe how many there were. This is definitely something you should do if you’re in the area.
Written January 17, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Judith W
Arlington, VA48 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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!
Written January 13, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tom B
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Definitely worth the hike, even if your interest in archaeology is marginal. As others have said, do not attempt the trail with flip-flops (or "slippers," as they are known in Hawaii). The trail is not steep, essentially flat its entire length, but you must navigate tree roots, rocks, and thorns. The thick, tangled forest is straight out of Tolkien, an experience in itself. The petroglyphs themselves are mysterious and fascinating. If you're lucky enough to have the area to yourself late in the day, you can feel the power and mystery of the site that must have led the ancient Hawaiians to revere the area. If you get a clear day, take the hike a couple of hours before sunset and linger awhile. The angled sun highlights the carvings, and watching the golden light creep across them as the sun sets is a visual delight. Take your time as you hike in, since as you near the petroglyphs the trail is sometimes difficult to discern. All in all, an easy and interesting trip.
Written November 15, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Hollyrik
Bellevue, WA442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
A few reviewers were talking about the petroglyphs in the Waikoloa area, near the golf course. . These are NOT them. The half mile hike is worth the effort if you are interested in a genuine archeological site. Lord knows how they were ever found out there in the kiawe trees!
Written January 28, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kyle B
Flower Mound, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Great cultural experience. It requires a bit of walking so wear good shoes (sandals and flip flops not recommended). The beginning of the trail has several glyphs to familiarize yourself with what you’ll see. It’ll be slightly harder to see the actual glyphs as you can’t get up close and must remain behind a wooden fence.
Written September 6, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

gw2047
Atlanta, GA141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a great (relatively short) hike for seeing petroglyphs, but make sure you have on good shoes (sneakers or sturdier are recommended) and are relatively sure-footed. There is almost no elevation change, but lots of rocks, roots, and other uneven ground can be hard on your ankles. Also watch your head as you navigate under the tree. The trail is clear, but doesn't have any markings or blazes along the way. Be sure to read other reviews for additional information (for example, trailhead is at the entrance to the parking lot, away from the beach). It can get quite hot in the afternoon (which is when we went, unfortunately) and you might want to consider using insect repellent.
Written June 19, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 175
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (2024)

Frequently Asked Questions about Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve


Restaurants near Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve: View all restaurants near Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve on Tripadvisor

All Island of Hawaii HotelsIsland of Hawaii Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Island of Hawaii
All things to do in Island of Hawaii
Day Trips in Island of Hawaii
RestaurantsFlightsVacation RentalsTravel StoriesCruisesRental Cars