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Photo of petroglyph
10 Dec

Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve – Big Island

Free Price: $0.00 – Members Price: $0.00

Ancient Hawaiians called their stone art – Ki’i Pohaku: stone art. The Puako Petroglyph is home to one of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii and feature thousands of images. Families, marchersm dancers, even dogs, chickens, and deity’s. A great activity to see with the entire Ohana (family).

Located on the Kohala Coast, there are over a thousand Ki’i Pohaku (petroglyphs) dated back centuries ago. These carvings date back centuries ago and are very culturally significant to the Hawaiian culture. Please visit with the site with the utmost respect.

The field of petrogylphs can be accessed from the Holoholokai beach park to the south of Puako. The park can be accessed either by going through the Mauna Lani resort, or via the Puako beachfront southwards from Paniau (utility pole 143) at the south end of Puako road. There are restrooms and shower facilities here.

Directions from Chalet Kilauea Collection:

Head southeast on Wright Rd toward Laukapu Ave
Take the 3rd left onto HI-11/​Hawaii Belt Rd/​New Volcano Rd
Continue to follow HI-11/​Hawaii Belt Rd
Turn left onto Hawaii Belt Rd/​Kamehameha Ave
Turn right onto HI-19/​Hawaii Belt Rd/​Pauahi St
Continue to follow HI-19/​Hawaii Belt Rd
Turn right onto Lindsey Rd
Continue onto HI-19/​Kawaihae Rd
Turn left onto HI-19/​Queen Kaahumanu Hwy
Turn right onto Mauna Lani Dr
At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto N Kaniku Dr
Destination will be on the left