Near Pāhoa in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Preserved within Pu'uloa are the stories and memories of the Native Hawaiian people
With aloha, we welcome you to Pu'uloa - a place we honor and cherish. Please stay on the marked trail and boardwalk, for once this site and its petroglyphs are harmed, the stories they cradle will be lost forever -- Nā Kūpuna, Our Hawaiian Elders.
Pu'uloa (Long Hill) is home to a unique and spiritual collection of petroglyphs. These intricate rock carvings are a record of the history and culture of the native Hawaiian people who have used this site for centuries in Hawai'i, a testament to its cultural and scientific significance.
For many native Hawaiian 'ohana (families) Pu'uloa is a revered scared site. These families continue their unique traditions and ceremonial practices here, in hope of blessing their children with a long life. Their journeys here have become essential to continuing these rich cultural traditions - now the legacy of Pu'uloa.
Prepare to walk on ke ala kahiko (The path of the old ones) - a 1.4 mile (2.3 km) round-trip journey to one of Hawai'i's revered cultural landmarks.
The trail to Pu'uloa has felt many footprints in its lifetime - from the ali'i (chief), to the kanaka maoli (native resident), to the malihini (guest). The petroglyphs you will see have been carved into the thin, fragile crust of this 400-700 year-old lava flow.
Erected by National Park Service, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Anthropology & Archaeology.
Location. 19° 17.347′ N, 155° 7.783′ W. Marker is near Pāhoa, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker is on Chain of Craters Road (at milepost 16.3) near Hilina Pali Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pahoa HI 96778, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hawaiians learned to survive on this harsh volcanic land (approx. 0.3 miles away); The spirit of Pu'uloa now surrounds you (approx. half a mile away); These simple impressions embody the essence of Pu'uloa (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nature's Untamed Forces Unite to Sculpt Sea Arches (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mokumanamana is a place of spiritual and geologic transition (approx. 2.1 miles away); The islands of Hawai'i begin here (approx. Vast coral reefs create a world of abundance (approx. 2.1 miles away); Mauna Ulu (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pāhoa.
More about this marker. This marker is located on the Puna Coastal Trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 182 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.