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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.

Best time to go
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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. Haze. Lows 52 to 69. Southwest winds around 10 mph early in the evening becoming light, then becoming south around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph after midnight.
Temperature: 70.5° F
Relative Humidity: 60%
Pressure: 29.96"
Dew Point: 55.9° F

Winds from the ESE at 5.1 mph gusting to 7.4 mph

Last Hour: 0.00"
Today: 0.00"

Sunrise: 6:49 AM
Sunset: 5:45 PM
Weather reported from West Hawaii Explorations Academy, Hilo, HI (KHIHILO14)
Sunny. Haze in the morning. Highs 67 to 83. South winds around 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph shifting to the west in the late morning and early afternoon, then shifting to the southwest late in the afternoon.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 71. Light winds becoming east up to 10 mph with gusts to 25 mph early in the morning. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Mostly sunny. Breezy. Isolated showers in the morning. Highs 65 to 83. Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 10 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Wednesday Night
Breezy. Partly cloudy with isolated showers. Lows 45 to 70. East winds 10 to 15 mph shifting to the northeast 10 to 25 mph after midnight. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Weather information provided by Weather Underground. Current as of 12/12/2017 0:16 AM
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