Puako Petroglyphs

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Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve

What: One of the most extensive petroglyph fields in Hawaii
Where: Kohala Coast near the Mauna Lani Resort
 
Along the Kohala Coast, the 223-acre Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve boasts more than 3,000 ancient petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, lava rock carvings etched into stone between 1000 and 1800 A.D. by Native Hawaiians. Although the true meanings of the petroglyphs are unknown, it is generally thought these carvings are records of births and other significant events in the lives of the people who lived on the island of Hawaii long ago.
 
Just north of the two resort hotels at Mauna Lani Resort, Holoholokai Beach (a well-manicured shoreling park with facilities) at Mauna Lani Resort, the captivating petroglyphs fields of Puako feature carvings of humans, canoes and turtles among other forms. Take the kids on a petroglyph hunt and ask them what they think these ancient symbols could mean. Just make sure the whole family is wearing good shoes. The site is unpaved and goes through a kiawe forest with thorns on the ground.

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