Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
He ola ka pōhaku. (There is life in the stone).
Round Trip Mileage: 1.4 miles
Elevation Gain: negligible
Gear: Bring what you need for a short dayhike. This part of the coast is usually subject to direct sun.
Map: Topographical Map of Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs
Overview: This petroglyph preserve is located along the Chain of the Craters road. Dated to between 1200-1450 AD, the precise meaning of these markings has been lost to time. Some say that the circles and dots represent infants or births. Pu’u Loa means long hill.
Getting to the Trailhead: From the Park entrance, drive fifty feet and turn south on Crater Rim Drive. Follow Crater Rim Drive to Chain of the Craters Road. Drive the Chain of the Craters road to mile marker 16.5 and park at the Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs parking area. This parking area and trailhead are marked.
The Hike: Walk along the well-marked trail for 0.7 mile to the petroglyphs. There is a raised wooden walkway above the ‘glyphs to protect them, and the Park Service asks that you do not walk anywhere but on the walkway. Return the way you came.