Malama Petroglyph Trail / Puako Petroglyph Preserve

4.5 stars from 3 reviews
Address Holoholokai Beach Park Rd, Waikoloa, HI 96743
Hiking trail leading to an ancient petroglyph site.

• General: Cost: Free • General: Educational
• General: Photo Opportunity • Hiking: Length: 0-1 Miles
• Hiking: Level: Easy • Hiking: Nature Walk
• Hiking: Out & Back Trail • Sightseeing: Great Views
• Cultural & Historical: Heiau / Sacred Site

Matt Anderson's Take
The Malama Petroglyph Trail is a short, 0.6 mile long (each way), out and back style hiking trail that leads to the Puako Petroglyph Preserve. You'll find the trail in the Waikoloa area of Hawaii's Big Island, close to the The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii and Holoholokai Beach Park.

The trail is more of a nature trail than difficult hike so perfect for just about anyone so bring the kids and a camera. Still, this is a hike and you should always be prepared. Start by reading Hiking Safety & Essentials and applying plenty of sunscreen to Protect Yourself From Sunburn & Skin Cancer.

The Puako Petroglyph Preserve features over one thousand kii pohaku (petroglyphs) that were carved into lava rock centuries ago by the native Hawaiians. The area is one of world's largest collection of prehistoric rock carvings.

The exact meaning of the petroglyphs is unknown but many believe that these are various significant events and birth records of the Hawaiian people who live here many years ago.

As with any culturally significant area like this, be respectful of the place and especially of the petroglyphs. Look but don't touch is the rule here so avoid any crayon rubbings as well, take a photo instead.
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Matt Anderson
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Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 237
Likes Received: 33
We went here on our last trip to Kona. Due to family injuries, we did not walk the entire trail. The beginning part of the trail had rocks in the center that told a story. However there was no one there to translate so we made up our own story, being respectful of course.
Nicole L
Joined: Aug 2017
Reviews: 30
Likes Received: 0
Sacred area. This area is just about the only thing besides the birthing stones the people can see from the original real true Polynesian people. Small hike but very much worth it!
Gina D
Joined: Apr 2016
Reviews: 19
Likes Received: 2
This is an easy trail back to several preserved petroglyphs. It is shaded for most of the trail but it still can be hot. The petroglyphs are well preserved and my children were able to see them clearly from the trail. Please be respectful of ancient customs and stay on the trails and leave only with pictures or memories. Mahalo.
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