Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve, Puako

#11 of 24 in Historic Sites in 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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  • Very easy walking trail to an interesting historical site. Great short activity. Be careful, there are sharp thorns on the ground that go through shoes. 3 of us got jabbed through the shoe, despite...  more »
  • 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 »

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