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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 cloudy in the evening then becoming partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Lows 51 to 75. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the evening. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Temperature: 73.2° F
Relative Humidity: 75%
Pressure: 29.93"
Dew Point: 65.0° F

Winds from the NNW at 0.6 mph gusting to 1.9 mph

Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:20 AM
Sunset: 5:55 PM
Weather reported from Waiha Loop, Holualoa, HI (KHIHLUAL6)
Sunny in the morning then becoming partly sunny. Scattered showers. Highs 71 to 87. Light winds becoming west around 10 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with scattered showers in the evening, then partly cloudy with isolated showers after midnight. Haze through the night. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 40 percent.
Mostly sunny with isolated thunderstorms in the morning, then mostly cloudy with scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon. Haze through the day. Locally heavy rainfall possible in the afternoon. Highs 71 to 86. Light winds. Chance of rain 50 percent.
Monday Night
Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms in the evening, then showers likely and isolated thunderstorms after midnight. Haze through the night. Locally heavy rainfall possible. Lows 53 to 76. Light winds. Chance of rain 70 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 10/22/2017 10:06 PM
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