Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Puako

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#12 of 24 in Historic Sites in Island of Hawaii
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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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  • This place was an adventure. It is more of a hike than we thought and definitely don’t wear sandals, I highly recommend real shoes as you’re walking through fallen trees and bushes with thorns on... 
    This place was an adventure. It is more of a hike than we thought and definitely don’t wear sandals, I highly recommend real shoes as you’re walking through fallen trees and bushes with thorns on...  more »
  • The .7 mile walk to the petroglyphs takes a while and the “forest,” such as it is, provides little relief from the sun. The walk is worth it, though. 
    The .7 mile walk to the petroglyphs takes a while and the “forest,” such as it is, provides little relief from the sun. The walk is worth it, though.  more »

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