Near Pāhoa in Hawaii County, Hawaii — Hawaiian Island Archipelago (Pacific Ocean)
These simple impressions embody the essence of Pu'uloa
The name Pu'uloa (large hill) carries a kaona (hidden meanings) - hill of long life. Families with genealogical ties to these lands come here to place the piko (umbilical cord) of their child. Their hope is that the mana (spiritual guiding energy) of Pu'uloa would bless that child with a long and prosperous life, and root them to their ancestral lands. Each puka (hole) is created to house a single child;s piko. of over 23,000 petroglyphs found at Pu'uloa, 16,000 are piko-related carvings - a testament to the importance of both Pu'uloa and 'ohana (family).
The design of each piko puka is as unique as the individual who created it. Some are carved deep, some shallow, while others are more extravagant, with multiple holes either in a circle, encircled, or as in a line. These petroglyphs, regardless of style, unite generations of Hawaiian families past, present, and future.
Erected by National Park
Location. 19° 17.566′ N, 155° 7.311′ W. Marker is near Pāhoa, Hawaii, in Hawaii County. Marker can be reached from 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The spirit of Pu'uloa now surrounds you (within shouting distance of this marker); Hawaiians learned to survive on this harsh volcanic land (approx. ¼ mile away); Preserved within Pu'uloa are the stories and memories of the Native Hawaiian people (approx. 0.6 miles away); Nature's Untamed Forces Unite to Sculpt Sea Arches (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mokumanamana is a place of spiritual and geologic transition (approx. 1.6 miles away); The islands of Hawai'i begin here (approx. 1.6 miles away); Vast coral reefs create a world of abundance (approx. 1.6 miles away); Mauna Ulu (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pāhoa.
More about this marker. This marker is on the boardwalk at the end of the Puna Costal Trail.
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.