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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Good trek for a break from the beach

The trail back to the site snakes through some thick brush and over some rough terrain, but the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Alexandria, Minnesota
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Interesting Place for a Walk

Stopped by while on vacation and enjoyed the walk through a spooky forest, over lava flows and... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2019
Vancouver, Canada
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Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed on Hawaii island at Fairmont Orchid resort, about 20 miles north from the Kona airport, off Rte. No 19. We accidentally stumbled upon this amazing place; it is just 2 miles from the hotel (follow the signs). It is very well hidden in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rajkathane
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trail back to the site snakes through some thick brush and over some rough terrain, but the grade is very manageable. Just watch your step and don't bang your head on the branches. We were there at about 10 am on a somewhat cloudy...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tomjoni
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our first day visiting Big Island we organized an historical tour of the Koala Coast. We had a rental car, so we could stop and visit the places at our own pace. The first stop was at Puako petroglyphs just north of Mauna Lani...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank LauraDiItaly
Reviewed 14 February 2019

Stopped by while on vacation and enjoyed the walk through a spooky forest, over lava flows and finally to the petroglyphs. Try to go in the morning or late afternoon when the shadows show the ancient rock art better and it is not so hot.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BRDman7
Reviewed 6 February 2019

Extensive petroglyphs await you at the end of an .8 mile trail. Trail is flat, but rocky in parts with close over-hanging branches. Well worth the hour or so it takes round trip.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank TravelQueen1107
Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

About a 1.7 mile hike over rough terrain. There are a bunch of what we believe to be fake petroglyphs from previous tourists carved into the rocks when you walk in. Don’t look as old and aren’t really weathered like the real ones. Bring water...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank A2559CHchrisc
Reviewed 7 October 2018

We were really glad we did this free and interesting outing during our time on the Big Island. We were staying at the Fairmont Orchid, so it was an easy walk to get to the parking lot of the park. From the parking lot, there's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Jenny_in_Palo_Alto
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This is very easy to access. We went after 5 pm, so the sun was on its way down. I wouldn't recommend going at the height of the day, as it was still radiating heat even when we went. There was no one else exploring,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Efb68
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

If you take it for what it is, this is a pretty cool and easy excursion. Walk along and look at carvings in the rocks from 100’s of years ago. I enjoyed the nice walk and a brief look into the past of how things...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank F7847QSjohnc
Reviewed 18 July 2018 via mobile

We arrived around 5pm, so it was much cooler and the walk was more bearable. We had our toddler with us, but he definitely wasn't able to negotiate the rocky walk, with lots of tree roots sticking out. Our other kids had a great time,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank heroesinahalfshell
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Response from Honu_Ohana | Reviewed this property |
It is walkable but a hot and not that scenic walk on the road. You can make a shorter and scenic 15 minute walk along the shoreline north and get to Holoholokai Beach Park. The petroglyph trail is off the parking lot on... More