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Puako Petroglyph Trail (Malama Trail)

Hawaii > The Big Island > Kohala Coast
Length1.4 mi
Elev. Gain0 ft
Difficulty1 / 5
Rating7 / 10
The Puako Petroglyph Trail leads you to the petroglyph field, where you will come across one of world's largest collection of prehistoric rock cravings. You will find the trail head at the parking lot of Holoholokai Beach Park. The trail meanders through a field of jagged lava. At the edge of the lava, the trail enters into the Kiawe forest.

Halfway down the trail, you will come across a lava cave, with an extremely low ceiling. But if you wriggle through this mouth of the cave, you will reach a much larger and spacious cave.

Outside the cave, you will come across the first petroglyph, though the major chunk of the art is found further up. You will have to walk through firebreak in the area and reach the viewing point.

2,717 petroglyphs cover this area, with numerous varieties of figures. The area is fenced off, so you should carry a binocular, so that you can see the petroglyphs at the middle of the area. The first carving here belongs to a century after the lava was created in A.D. 1300.

Comb the surrounding area to catch a view of the petroglyphs that are scattered throughout. Make sure you have a GPS with you, as you might get lost while looking for the carvings.

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Trailhead Location
GPS Coordinates:
19° 57.305' N
155° 51.564' W

Driving Directions:
Drive about 25 miles from Kailua-Kona, towards the north on Highway 19. Turn left on the Mauna Lane and drive to take a right at the traffic roundabout. On the North Kaniku Drive, look for a sign for Holoholokai Beack Park and Puako Petroglyph Park.
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Weather Report for Waikoloa, HI
Mostly clear. Breezy. Lows 54 to 76. East winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph.
Temperature: 77.2° F
Relative Humidity: 84%
Pressure: 29.94"
Dew Point: 72.1° F

Winds from the NW at 1.2 mph gusting to 3.7 mph

Today: 0.02"

Sunrise: 6:05 AM
Sunset: 6:45 PM
Weather reported from Waiha Loop, Holualoa, HI (KHIHLUAL6)
Sunny and windy. Highs 71 to 88. Northeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the evening. Lows 53 to 75. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Highs 71 to 88. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy. Isolated showers in the evening. Lows 53 to 75. Northeast winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 8/23/2017 6:49 PM
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