Waikoloa in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
Puakō Petroglyph Archaeological District
Man has always left his mark. Symbols in rock were left by many early civilizations. Te Puako Petroglyph site is one of the largest and finest concentrations of the mysterious symbols left in Hawai‘i. It is likely that many of these petroglyphs were made sometime between A.D. 1000-1800.
Holding Secrets from the Past:
Why were petroglyphs made? No one knows for sure. Could they have been:
Powerful mystical messages to primitive gods or ancestors?
Pleas for protection or survival?
A record of travelers passing by?
A family tree?
The best time to see the petroglyphs is early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the sun is low in the sky.
The Puako Petroglyph Archaeological District is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Their preservation depends on us all!
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & Archaeology • Asian Americans.
Location. 19° 57.308′ N, 155° 51.553′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waikoloa HI 96738, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ancient Foot Trail (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Waikoloa Petroglyph Field (approx. 2.9 miles away); Kamehameha III (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kamehameha II (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kamehameha I (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kamehameha IV (approx. 3.1 miles away); Kamehameha V (approx. 3.1 miles away); William Charles Lunalilo (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waikoloa.
Also see . . . American Rock Art Research Association. (Submitted on October 18, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California.)
Additional keywords. Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders
Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 2,888 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on October 18, 2007, by Karen Key of Sacramento, California. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.