Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs
This is a easy out and back trail to Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
With over 23,000 petroglyphs, these are the most carvings ever found in a designated area than any other place in the Hawaiian Islands proving this site sacred to the Hawaiians. Much of the land has been covered from a fairly recent eruption (1969-1974) which you will notice when looking up to the cliffs and gazing slightly west. These petroglyphs are threatened by future eruptions of Kilauea.
There is evidence of previous life on this barren lava flow. Besides the thousands of carvings, there are canoe plants, rock structures that were once foundations for homes as well as ancient gardening plots.
The inhabitants of this area moved away in 1886 when a massive tsunami swept across this coastline. Any survivors moved towards south point or east relocating in Kalapana.
This hike begins at the Pu’u Loa trailhead which is roughly 20 miles from the Kilauea Visitor Center. Allow 40 minutes in drive time and be on the lookout for the rare native nene geese along the road. Please do not feed the wild birds.
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