Olowalu Petroglyphs

Olowalu Petroglyphs, Lahaina: Address, Olowalu Petroglyphs Reviews: 4/5

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Heather
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Ancient petroglyphs
May 2021 • Friends
Very cool to see. You have to stay down on the road so as not to disturb the area, but we could still see some of hem.
Not sure why people on other sites are saying these are “300 years old”?!? Perhaps more like 1000-2000 years old?? They are ancient.
Maybe there is some confusion with other history related to the area that occurred 300 years ago - The Olowalu Massacre.
Written May 15, 2021
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Tricia B
Coleman, WI288 contributions
A Look at Hawaiian History
Dec 2019 • Family
We followed other reviews to "drive to the left of the General Store and
watch for the water tower. Continue on the dirt road." We did not have a problem finding the petroglyphs at all. There were a lot of petroglyphs in this area; some high, some low, and some fake, vandal carvings. It just takes some looking to notice many of the petroglyphs. It was a great Hawiian history lesson for our teenagers...they enjoyed pointing out their finds to the family. It was nice being able to drive up to the site instead of a lengthy hike. If in the area, I would recommend taking 30 minutes to stop and check them out. We also stopped at the fruit stand next to the general store before heading back to the petroglyph site.
Written February 29, 2020
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TimeTravelerAdventures
Lake Forest, CA225 contributions
Difficult to find
Feb 2020
Be sure to do your homework. Otherwise you will be wandering around looking for the petrographs. You can get direc tions at the General Store.
Written February 27, 2020
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Mark S
Corrales, NM3,223 contributions
This is cool
Jan 2020
Everyone should be interested in the Native history of Maui. This reminds one of the petroglyphs in the mainland's southwest near where we live. Going back at least 300 years, these panels are so cool to find. Behind Olowalu General Store go north and then east at the water tank. Go back to the east just more than a 1/4 mile and look for a small valley wall on the right of the road as it continues. The main sign was obscured, but you can park in spots along the road. Walk east and keep looking at the rock faces for the glyphs.
Written February 14, 2020
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Cassie P
Edmonton, Canada34 contributions
Super Cool
Jan 2020
We checked this place out as a sunset adventure during surf camp and it was so cool seeing this historic site. The unfortunate part is the bits of vandalism thrown it.
Written January 29, 2020
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David56Chicago
Monee, IL200 contributions
Worth the time!
Jan 2020
found these on ourShaka Maui app and was worth the time. very cool and easily viewable from a distance as they will not let you get too close. Just a 20 minute off the trail to and from but worth it to us!
Written January 6, 2020
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Datgeegirl
Vancouver, Canada14 contributions
Couldn’t find it
Dec 2019 • Family
The road to what looked like the area was marked with no trespassing signs. We didn’t want to trespass.
Written December 11, 2019
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Marion W
Seattle, WA739 contributions
go see these 300 year old petroglyphs on the basalt cliffs
Oct 2019
find mile marker 15 which is right at the Olowalu General Store and Leoda's Kitchen. Drive to the left of the store. Watch for the water tower and gate and continue on the dirt road. It's probably a roughly 1/2 mile (or less) walk ... but is best done by car - bumpy as it is.
this was the sight of the 1790 bloody massacre (look it up on line); it's quite a story. At first you have to look a bit to see them better (binoculars would come in handy). But they are quite visible. Olowalu apparently means 'spilled brains' in Hawaiian.
When you turn around you will notice a paved road to your left. Use it. It will take you right back to the store. The Olowalu stores has lots of stuff and the Leoda's kitchen is perfect for coffee, food and a rest.
Written October 18, 2019
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srjh
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida191 contributions
Worth the trouble if you have time
Feb 2019 • Couples
As everyone says, these are not the easiest thing to find but it's a worthwhile detour if you have 30 minutes or so. As others have said, you can't get very close to the rocks, but you can get close enough to see the figures clearly. Just keep looking. We ultimately saw figures on at least 10 different rocks. It just takes a while for your eyes to adjust and to figure out what your looking for. Many of the figures are not right in front of the sign -look on rocks further down the road closer to the coast.
Written March 13, 2019
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BHL1967
Seattle, WA55 contributions
Hard to find, not worth a special trip
Feb 2019 • Family
We were in the area and thought we'd stop by, this was very hard to find. We ran into a local back there (lucky for us) that pointed us in the right direction.

You can't get close and they are way up high (if you have vision problems, don't bother coming).

Written February 22, 2019
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