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    During the week of the 51st Annual Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo, Hawaii, travel on the Mauna Loa Strip Road in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be restricted to hiking, biking and official motor vehicle traffic only. More »

Day Hike - Pu'u Loa

Visitors look at petroglyphs from the boardwalk

The boardwalk viewing platform protects the petroglyphs from damage. (Click on photo for a larger version)


Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

This coastal trail traverses older lava flows to one of Hawai'i's most extensive petroglyph fields.

Of interest: Petroglyphs, pahoehoe lava.

  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Distance and hiking time: 2 miles roundtrip, 1.5 hours
  • Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 20 miles.
  • Trail begins at the Pu'u Loa parking area on Chain of Craters Road (mile marker 16 on Chain of Craters Road).
  • Petroglyphs are fragile. Stay on the boardwalk - walking on the lava surface will fragment petroglyphs and destroy them.
  • Bring water, wear sunglasses and a hat.

View a 3 1/2 minute vitual slideshow of a Ranger Guided Hike at Pu`u Loa


For more information about this special area, visit our History and Culture webpage for the article: Pu`uloa Petroglyphs by Mara Durst


Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)
Please view this four minute video - "Plan for Safe Viewing of Lava Flows"


Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...