Puako Petroglyphs

Puako Petroglyphs

On the northwest side of Hawaii’s Big Island live on of the largest collections of Hawaiian petroglyphs in the world.

These glyphs are similar to others found on the Big Island and carved over a similar time period. No one knows with any certainty why they were carved or what they mean. Adding to that, these petroglyphs are carved in a spot far from  historic villages or fresh water sources, on an arid plane of pahoehoe lava.

This mystery only adds to the draw of the carvings, which require a now pleasant walk/hike through about a mile of rock, sand, and lava path set in prickly keawe trees.

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