Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
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  • ticoalra
    Jefferson, Maryland302 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many petroglyphs!
    This was a cool walk across the lava fields to see the petroglyphs. The walk is fairly flat with a little walking on rocks. It is hot so wear your sunscreen and bring your water. We were grateful for the breeze! The collection of petroglyphs was impressive.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • Edward
    Santa Rosa, California2,484 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Petroglyphs In the Lava Rock
    This is a site with petroglyphs (rock carvings) in the lava rock at an apparently sacred site near the ocean. The area is largely lava rock and scenic. One must walk over the lava beds from the parking area. It is interesting but be prepared for the walk, about 15 minutes or more depending on speed, etc., and it can be hot and sunny down here. There is no shade but the walk is interesting itself. This is near the end of the Chain of Craters Road at Holei Sea Arch.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • chickabeegrrl
    Elk Grove, California2,232 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great stop
    It is about a 40 minute hike out and back from the petroglyphs so bring shade (hat or umbrella) and some water as it can be quite hot on a clear day. There is good cultural information that you should look up in advance, such as the meaning of the small holes in the lava rocks. This will make looking at the petroglyphs much more interesting and meaningful.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Moushumi M
    Columbus, Ohio214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Petroglyphs in Hawaii volcano NP
    Relatively short hike. Because it is through uneven lava fields and there are no trees or shade...it feels very hot and much longer. There is a boardwalk near the actual place where most of the petroglyphs are located. That is how you will know you've reached the place...because we kept wondering if we were on the right track. Also keep an eye out for the rock Cairns or rock piles.....they are also an indication that you are on the right track.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 January 2024
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Moushumi M
Columbus, OH214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Relatively short hike. Because it is through uneven lava fields and there are no trees or shade...it feels very hot and much longer.
There is a boardwalk near the actual place where most of the petroglyphs are located. That is how you will know you've reached the place...because we kept wondering if we were on the right track. Also keep an eye out for the rock Cairns or rock piles.....they are also an indication that you are on the right track.
Written 28 January 2024
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chickabeegrrl
Elk Grove, CA2,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
It is about a 40 minute hike out and back from the petroglyphs so bring shade (hat or umbrella) and some water as it can be quite hot on a clear day. There is good cultural information that you should look up in advance, such as the meaning of the small holes in the lava rocks. This will make looking at the petroglyphs much more interesting and meaningful.
Written 5 December 2023
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Edward
Santa Rosa, CA2,484 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
This is a site with petroglyphs (rock carvings) in the lava rock at an apparently sacred site near the ocean. The area is largely lava rock and scenic.

One must walk over the lava beds from the parking area. It is interesting but be prepared for the walk, about 15 minutes or more depending on speed, etc., and it can be hot and sunny down here. There is no shade but the walk is interesting itself. This is near the end of the Chain of Craters Road at Holei Sea Arch.
Written 13 August 2023
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ticoalra
Jefferson, MD302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was a cool walk across the lava fields to see the petroglyphs. The walk is fairly flat with a little walking on rocks. It is hot so wear your sunscreen and bring your water. We were grateful for the breeze! The collection of petroglyphs was impressive.
Written 1 July 2023
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The Petroglyphs were a highlight for me. The trail was longer then expected, but it was nice to see some of the old lava flow up close. The trail was flat for the most part but rocky in parts, so definitely prepare. Once at the petroglyphs there is a boardwalk around them so visitors don't walk over them. I found the petroglyphs to be in good condition and fun to look at. There are a few signs on the route explaining the history of the people and how they survived off the land. I would recommend coming here, especially if you are looking to get out and do a bit of hiking.
Written 18 September 2022
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AshBernadette88
Huntsville, AL1,580 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
These petroglyphs are some of the best I've ever seen, and I've been all over the world and have seen lots of petroglyphs!

The walk to the petroglyphs is about three-quarters of a mile over dried lava flows. The trail is well-marked but a bit more difficult than a typical gravel trail, so sturdy shoes are recommended. Once at the petroglyphs, a raised boardwalk encircles the primary geologic site. The glyphs themselves are extremely prolific and easy to spot. Unlike other petroglyphs I've been to, the shapes, characters, and animals are easily identifiable.

One of my favorite parts about this hike is the view. On a clear day, the views extend from the ocean to the south, up 4000-feet to the caldera peak to the north. It's stunning!
Written 1 March 2022
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BetsyBranch
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Friends
The Petroglyphs are not 0.7 miles from the trail head...more like 1.4 miles from the trail head. Avoid initiating this hike if you can't return before sunset. Sturdy shoes, a hat for sun, and water are necessary. A walking stick is a good accessory, too.
Written 28 January 2022
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RandSand
Poway, CA351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The walk is actually longer than advertised, but it is a well marked trail and not difficult. The reward is well worth it, petroglyphs in lava viewable by an elevated walking platform.
Written 9 January 2022
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Nick S
Washington DC, DC115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This is another cool hike through a lava field. You look up to the caldera peak and down to the ocean. Our kids loved scrambling over the rocks and jumping on and off the trail. The Petroglyphs were surrounded by a raised wooden trail. They were big and easy to see. It's unbelievable to think that people actually lived in and around this lava field.
Written 2 September 2021
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OldLadyTexan
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
It was very interesting to look at these petroglyphs and wonder what story they told. These were so different from others we saw on the Big Island. It's a good idea to go at the coolest time of day, as the rocks absorb and radiate a lot of heat.
Written 25 August 2021
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