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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

#145 of 403 things to do in Island of Hawaii Features Animals
Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Quick collection of a dozen or so petroglyphs

The good news is that getting to these petroglyphs is super easy, and it's free. They are gathered... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Eugene E
Novato, California
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Hot walk, impressive petroglyphs

The best time to go would be early morning. It's a hot walk on a sometimes difficult-to-see trail... read more

Reviewed 17 May 2017
Donna W
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Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The good news is that getting to these petroglyphs is super easy, and it's free. They are gathered together in one place a very short walk from the beach parking area. We walk by it often on our morning walks to the beach. Be prepared...More

Thank Eugene E
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The best time to go would be early morning. It's a hot walk on a sometimes difficult-to-see trail. Take water. You can walk around the petroglyphs for a pretty good view, and can get close enough for photographs, although it's sometimes hard to get a...More

Thank Donna W
Reviewed 7 May 2017

From the parking lot walk about 30 minutes along the trail and wind through the undergrowth. While it seems like you walk endlessly, you will know it when you reach the end of the trail. There is a huge flat rock section that is fenced...More

Thank Jill T
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Nice walk to the site. Well marked. You don't want to do this during the heat of the day. Difficult to see many of the markings as they are on the ground. Limited access as they are protecting the markings. Mostly figures and family groupings...More

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We did this site during peak of the day so the viewing was ideal, but it is an easy hike and well with the visit. Tip: viewing the petroglyphs through the camera makes them much easier to see because it increases the contrast. There is...More

Thank 5Americans
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

He petroglyph park is a couple minutes walk north of the Fairmont Orchid. This was a fun park to stumble upon. At the entrance of the trails, there are some petroglyphs you can check out, which is nice if you're not up for the mile...More

Thank BreRachelle
Reviewed 28 March 2017

This free tour was offered on Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 in the morning. A guide takes you from the Kings Shopping Mall on a hike to the nearby petroglyph fields. She explains what the various drawings in the rocks represent and their meaning do...More

1  Thank Barry D
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

I am surprised how easy this place is as it is literally behind the shopping plaza. I was surprised to see how little measures are in place to protect this piece of Hawaiian history. The route is pretty rough on the feet so I would...More

Thank Mdecker17
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This is a 1.5 mile hike through an interesting forest, with a breathtaking view of well preserved petroglyphs at the end. It is, however, hot. Go early in the day.

Thank Lizzylikestravel
Reviewed 16 March 2017

This site is unique because it not only offers a significant number of well-preserved petroglyphs but a walk through an amazing forest of gnarled, fairy tale-like trees to reach them. The pathway has been tidied up in recent years but sturdy footwear is essential (to...More

Thank ThePathLessTravelled
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I'm curious to know if it is easy to get to the Petroglyph trail from the Fairmont Orchid resort. Is it walk-able, or is there public transportation?
26 May 2016|
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Response from Honu_Ohana | Reviewed this property |
It is walkable but a hot and not that scenic walk on the road. You can make a shorter and scenic 15 minute walk along the shoreline north and get to Holoholokai Beach Park. The petroglyph trail is off the parking lot on... More