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Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

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 3.9 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A pleasant out-and-back leading to some of the most interesting human history in the park.


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1.2

Miles

2.0

KM

Out and Back

151' 46 m

High

136' 41 m

Low

17' 5 m

Up

17' 5 m

Down

1%

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1%

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Stay on the boardwalk. Walking on the lava surface will destroy the fragile petroglyphs.

Overview

This coastal trail traverses a 500-550-year-old lava field to one of Hawaii's most extensive petroglyph fields. The site has approximately 23,000 petroglyphs, many of which are viewable at a boardwalk constructed for this purpose.

Need to Know

There is little to no shade along this route. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. Also, be prepared for rapidly changing weather.

Description

Travel in the footsteps of the kpuna (elders) to Pu`u Loa (hill of long life), a sacred and awe-inspiring gallery of ki`i pohaku (images carved in stone). These simple engravings record the life and history of the native Hawaiian people.

Follow the trail from the parking lot along Chain of Craters Road for about 0.5 miles to reach the boardwalk. On the boardwalk, check out (without touching) the over 500-year-old pieces of artwork.

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Petroglyph man
Sep 18, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Petroglyphs on the hillside.
Sep 18, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Petroglyphs etched into the lava.
Jan 25, 2016 near Volcano, HI
More petroglyphs etched into the lava.
Jan 25, 2016 near Volcano, HI
Petroglyphs
Sep 18, 2015 near Volcano, HI
Looking out over the lava field.
Jan 25, 2016 near Volcano, HI

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Jan 28, 2021
Tom Herr
Walk from road over level lava to petroglyphs. Out in open near ocean with many other etchings nearby. 1.4mi
Dec 15, 2020
Gretchen Schneider
0.8mi
Feb 29, 2020
Jake Westover
Jun 1, 2019
Genel Combs
Follow the cairns to boardwalk. Uneven footing, trekking poles may help. — 1h 00m
Feb 2, 2019
Emily Zych
Oct 31, 2018
Jason Barnett
Oct 29, 2018
Jodi K
A place families hold sacred to mark the birth of their children. 1000s of petroglyphs
Oct 28, 2018
Steve Jaccino