Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #7
Pu‘u = hill
Puʻu Loa is a very sacred 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.
Visit our History & Culture section for more information about the meaning and history of Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs
Last updated: April 20, 2020