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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Chain of Craters Rd., On Left Past Mile Marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-985-6000
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1.4 miles on rocky terrain - not for those with Knee / Back / Shortness of Breath

Overall we loved the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 5 stars. This however was a disappointment... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Lexi L
Worth a visit

A short distance from the main road, well-marked with piles of volcanic rocks. There are a couple... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
VGTravelGirl
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St. Albert, Canada
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“board walk” (8 reviews)
“short hike” (20 reviews)
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Chain of Craters Rd., On Left Past Mile Marker 16, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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+1 808-985-6000
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Overall we loved the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - 5 stars. This however was a disappointment. It is not a short or easy hike for for those who are pregnant, seniors, or those with knee/back/health concerns who would want to participate. Not sure how they...More

Thank Lexi L
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Reviewed 22 April 2018

A short distance from the main road, well-marked with piles of volcanic rocks. There are a couple of signs that explain the life of the people and the significance of the petroglyphs. Once you know what the petroglyphs look like, you can spot them easily...More

Thank VGTravelGirl
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

This was one of my favorite places that I went to while on the big island. I am an avid hiker and this hike was an easy hike. The terrain was nearly level and the lava rocks were easy to walk on since they were...More

Thank OrygunGirl_10
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

Easy 1.4 Mike round trip hike. There are also informational plaques along the way. Not much of an investment from the arch to see some history!

Thank Nicolas C
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It is difficult hike at the end of the long hiking day. It gets you exhausted with very little to see at the end. It is hot and not pleasurable. We decided to finish it faster so we hiked running and jumping, since there is...More

1  Thank Karaoshkin
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

This 1.5 mile round-trip hike to view the ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs is definitely a must see. It is said there are thousands of drawings that were chiseled in the lava and today's visitors can view many, well-defined examples on this walk. Be sure to wear...More

Thank Jacksons4112015
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Reviewed 29 March 2018

and put yourself in the minds of those who crafted these petroglyphs. who were they? what were they trying to say to us?

Thank Simplyrdd
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

I thought this was a nice, moderate Hike. It took us about 15 min to get to the site. The petroglyphs are still well preserved. If you have bad knees or ankles, I would not go. This was our last stop before we went to...More

Thank Richard S
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

It is 0.7 miles each way over a lava trail (not a paved walkway). Once you get to the end of the trail, the wooden walkway is very nicely done and allows you to get a good view of the petroglyphs. It would be nice...More

Thank NV_Travelers_77
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Reviewed 21 February 2018

The hike to the petroglyphs is relatively straightforward and isn't terribly difficult, but it can as there is no shade, it can get a bit hot - bring water! I'd recommend wearing sturdy footwear, too, as the lava rocks do not mix with flip flops...More

Thank Sarah W
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