Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Island of Hawaii

Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 »

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