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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

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Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Well worth the hike!

I have to chuckle at the recent reviewers who thought the petroglyphs were at the end of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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We checked this out due to its close proximity to the Fairmont. Kind of interesting, but a bit... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
Scott S
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Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.
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Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have to chuckle at the recent reviewers who thought the petroglyphs were at the end of the walkway. In this day and age of instant gratification, people often expect to be overwhelmed with only enough effort that requires a few clicks on their phones....More

4  Thank thematrixhasyou
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

We checked this out due to its close proximity to the Fairmont. Kind of interesting, but a bit underwhelming. Worth seeing if you’re in the area, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 9 November 2017

We nearly overlooked the trail entrance, but within a minute's walk found a circle of petroglyphs laid out for easy viewing. Were they real, or representative? I don't know. Then the trail goes through a tangled forest of unidentified trees, with no helpful signage for...More

Thank Arthur W
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We walked the complete trail and came away disappointed. The best petroglyphs are in an enclave about 250 meters from the parking lot. It appears they have been lifted from somewhere else and displayed here. The rest of the walk takes you to an area...More

Thank Tom P
Reviewed 31 August 2017

We walked the path mid-morning to escape heat, and its said you can see the markings best when there is some shadowing. Starting from the parking lot at Holoholokai Beach Road, the path fools you at first, looks paved, but quickly becomes natural, so natural...More

3  Thank Martin22k
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

very quick walk lots of stones in a circle. the place also has the salt and pepper beach. wonderful alltogether.

Thank Raihan K
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The hike was easy, though uneven. The petroglyphs were awesome to see. Nice free activity. The trees provide a nice shaded hike.

Thank Angel S
Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

Interesting historical site right on the grounds next to the Fairmont Orchid. You can see a handful of petroglyphs a short walk up a paved path from the parking lot but you have to hike through there forest to get to the full field of...More

1  Thank Amy T
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The majority of the petroglyphs are after a walk of a little less than a half a mile, which is mostly in the shade. However, about 500 feet into the walk are a few petroglyphs on loose rocks. If you want to see the majority...More

Thank bobndee24
Reviewed 31 July 2017

The path starts out deceptively easy-a paved trail leads to a collection of interesting petroglyphs and then there is a long winding trail through the kiawe forest. The trail is unmarked and we weren't sure if we were on the right trail until several people...More

1  Thank Daniel K
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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