Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #8
Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs
Pu‘u = hill
Puʻu Loa is a very scared and religious place for many of the people of Hawaiʻi and has been used ritually for over 500 years. It is the largest petroglyph field in the State of Hawaiʻi. Puʻu Loa is geologically dated between 1200-1450A.D.
There are more then 23,000 petroglyph images, mostly "pukas" (cupules), about 85% of the total, in which a portion of the umbilical cord of a newborn was placed to ensure long life. Motifs of circles, other geometric designs, as well as cryptic designs of human representations know as anthropomorphisms, canoe sails, and even feathered cape motifs.
A lava walk of 1.5 miles (2.4 km) round trip to the boardwalk will be a great experience for all. Pu‘u Loa is a "volcanic pressure dome" that was formed during the eruption of Kāne Nui O Hamo about 550 years ago.
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 section for the article: Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs by Mara Durst.