Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Island of Hawaii

Find out about Hawaii's history at Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, boasting over 3,000 ki'i pohaku (petroglyphs). The preserve remains one of the largest concentrations of such rock art in Hawaii, with hundreds visible right from the trail. Consider visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon--you'll avoid the hottest part of the day and have a good view of the rock art. Bring drinking water and wear hiking shoes suitable for rough terrain. Check the website for the archaeological district's opening dates and times. Put Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve at the forefront of your travel plans using our Puako journey planner.
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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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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