Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

Kohala Coast


Round Trip Mileage: 1/2 mile

Elevation Gain: 0'

Gear: Wear some sturdy shoes for the rough trail through the petroglyphs

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Overview: The Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve is one of the best places on the Big Island to view ki’i pōhaku (petroglyphs). This extensive field of rock art is preserved amid a golf course and hotel. The Preserve is located just north of the ancient division line between the Ahupuaʻa (districts) of Kona and Kohala. There are some very unique petroglyphs, including a post-western contact warrior on horseback. 

Getting to the Trailhead: From Hwy. 19 north of Kailua-Kona, find Waikoloa Beach Drive. Drive about a mile and locate the "King’s Shops" on your right and park near the gas station. (Watch for signs for the Petroglyph Preserve).

The Hike: From the parking area, take the marked walkway north toward the golf course area of the Waikoloa Hotel. The walkway will soon take you to the petroglyph preserve, which contains thousands of carvings over a long span of time. Take a look at the self-guiding maps, and read the signs to learn more. Return the way you came.

The famous helmeted warror petroglyph