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“Not big, but interesting”

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve
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Owner description: Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
Reviewed February 1, 2013

From parking this is a very short walk on a paved path to see the petroglyphs. There were feral cats in the lava rocks which was entertaining. I didn't see any information about the petroglyphs that might have given an understanding of the area. This is near a public beach that has a nice walking path, that goes through the parking lot and then parallels the beach.

Thank Mary V
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Reviewed November 26, 2012

Both at Puako and in Waikoloa the ancient rock carvings are beautiful and visible. as others have noted it is best to go early AM or late PM to avoid the harsh sun, take water and good shoes as you will be walking over lava: in Waikoloa it is on the kings trail, just park in the lot between the shell station and roy's, walk out the lot east past the shell station (toward manu kea) turn left on the blacktop driveway, go down about 50 yards and you should see the sign for the reserve. most of the Petroglyphs are just over the next little hill about 100 yards. It is worth the trip, and right there in between holes on the golf course.

1  Thank Travelfrquently
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

A nice 40 minute or so hike, worth the visit. Interesting vibe to the place. We were there on an overcast afternoon. Follow driving instructions by previous commentors here and do not follow the google map route - leads somewhere else. Another option is to find the main turn from the highway and then follow signs.

1  Thank kipod5
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

One of the few places in BI where you could observe Hawaiian Petroglyphs. The other one is located inside the Volcanoes National Park. Puako Petroglyphs has much larger collections than the one in VNP.
It's an unshaded trail. Do bring bottled waters and hat.
We hiked in with flip-flop but it's unwise to do that since you're walking through unpaved terrain.
The preservation effort has made this treasure open to the public so it is important that we appreciate it by not rubbing or adding to the petroglyphs.

2  Thank 12Coffee
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Staying at the Fairmont Orchid, the Petroglyph park is next door and an easy walk to the site. However once you get to the site, the walk through the trees, roots and lava is difficult and very hot. Make certain to have sturdy shoes or you'll regret it. For the less adventurous, there is a grouping of petroglyphs at the beginning of the trail that is handicap accessible. You can get some great photos there as well as rubbings. Go early or late in the day so the light streams across the petroglyphs, otherwise they're very hard to see.
Watch out for the feral cats...

Thank Bob J
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