The Puako Petroglyphs, Island of Hawaii

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  • Visited the Puako Petroglyphs for a walk around the trails and to view the petroglyphs. The trail is close to the entrance to the Fairmont Orchid but is also accessible via the beach. The trail is not...  more »
  • We stayed at the Fairmont orchid, they offer a free walking tour to the petroglyphs. It's worth joining the tour (even if not staying there), given once a week starting by the beach activities center....  more »
  • This is an easy self-guided walk to an area of extensive rock carvings where you can get really close to the carvings. The entry is adjacent to a car park. Early morning is best to avoid the heat and ...  more »
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  • One pamphlet suggests best viewing at dawn or dusk so that the low sun's shadows best reveal the carvings. You definitely do NOT want to be caught returning from the carvings area in the dark without a flashlight. The 3000 foot plus path between ankle twisting lava outcrops, which doesn't deserve the dignity of being called trail, passes though a nightmare low forest of twisted thorny trees whose fallen branches litter the ground piercing the unwary footfall. What is disgusting is that shortly before the parking area there is a cleared vehicle trail that would provide an easy walk 900 feet west and then about 400 feet north to the viewing area. This can be seen on maps photo view.
  • There's three points here with carvings - one right at the trailhead (which has the best preserved ones), one midway through the trail (in the forest) and then the field full of carved rocks at the end - which is well worth your time. Trail's easy, barely even a hike. At worst you have to duck under a single low hanging tree, but that's it. I did it in flip flops. However there are some thorns on the ground that can poke through and stick into whatever footwear you're using. All in all, a very worthwhile jaunt - especially if you end up there at sunset. If you time it right, you can get a good angle on the carvings (the sun's angle really does make a difference) and then stroll back to the beach to watch the sun go down over the water.
  • Short hike to the petroglyphs. There main trail isn't well marked and there are many smaller trails that off shoot from the main, so it is a little confusing to get to. Just stick to what looks like the most worn down path, and you'll be okay. There is a huge clearing where the petroglyphs are, and it is harder to see the petroglyphs when the sun is directly above, early morning or late afternoon should provide the best viewing as the side light creates the most shadow for the best viewing of the petroglyphs. It's a cool piece of history and makes you wonder what the meaning behind the petoglyphs is.
  • Very neat. Went on a rainy day a little unprepared for the weather and didn't make it down the rest of the trail. These stones were just down a short paved path, the rest of the trail was unpaved and through thorny bush/trees. Wear good shoes, the fallen pieces of branches will pierce flip flops.
  • Great when you finally get to it. The path is long and it is very hot. Take water.

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Where to stay in Puako

You'll find the accommodations in Puako clustering between the coastal road and the sea. To choose from a greater variety of places to stay, consider the urban areas located north and south of Puako, linked conveniently by the coastal roads and Highway 19. Waikoloa Beach is an especially good alternative, as it offers both upscale and budget-friendly options.
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