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Pu`u Loa, which translates to "Hill-(of)-long-(life)", is a place held sacred to Hawaiians, particularly those of Kalapana.

Located in the ahupua`a (an ancient Hawaiian land division) of Panau Nui on the southern flank of Kilauea volcano, Pu`u Loa is the name of the site which contains a vast area covered with incredible numbers of pecked images in the harden lava, images known as petroglyphs. The archaeological site of Pu`u Loa contains over 23,000 petroglyph images; motifs containing cupules or holes (84% of the total) , motifs of circles, other geometric as well as cryptic designs, human representations known as anthropomorphs, canoe sails, and even feathered cape motifs.

In geologic terms, the center of Pu`u Loa consists of a volcanic pressure dome with outlying areas of ancient, relatively level fields of pahoehoe lava bedrock (pahoehoe, being one of the two types of lava found in Hawai`i, a rather smooth surfaced substrate), dated geologically between AD 1200-1450.

Short Walk: Follow the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Hike.

Family Friendly: A short, easy excursion featuring neat artwork in the rocks.

Gem Type: Historic Site

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Brian Smith

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Nov 3, 2021
Si Wang
Oct 20, 2021
Michael Sherman
Bumpy trail over lava rock, but fun jogging with Samara. Not as many petroglyphs as expected
Jul 1, 2021
Amy Schlueter
Jan 28, 2021
Tom Herr
Short boardwalk through cluster of petroglyphs. Most were made when umbilical cords were left after new family member's presence documented.
Feb 29, 2020
Jake Westover
Sep 25, 2019
Lanny N Donna Holbrook
2016
Aug 28, 2019
S Fred Szonye
Hawai'i volcanoes np sea arch trail!
Jun 3, 2019
Rachel Sannicandro

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