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Address: Holoholokai Beach Park, Mauna Lani Resort, Island of Hawaii, HI

Located at the Orchid at Mauna Lani.

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Easy hike

Thought we would check this site out. It is interesting given the history dating back to 1000. The hike is very easy and about 1.4 miles round trip. Take water and food since... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kelly K
Winnipeg, Canada
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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

“In Hawaii, looking back is an integral part of going forward” and for that reason the Archeological Preserve is a significant part of learning about Hawaiian culture and values. While the k’i’i pohaku (images in stone) which are believed to have been created between 1000-1800 CE remain a mystery insofar as their meanings, they nevertheless bear witness to a strong... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thought we would check this site out. It is interesting given the history dating back to 1000. The hike is very easy and about 1.4 miles round trip. Take water and food since there is no food for purchase. Watch out for the thorns. I had one go right through my shoe into the bottom of my foot

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As you enter the trail there are several petroglyphs to view and then after a 10-15 minute walk you gate to the lava fields with hundreds of carvings.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Not a must see, but a nice very short hike through the woods to a field of petroglyphs. It's about three quarters of a mile out and the same way going back. Sometime the trail isn't all that well marked, but it's short and simple enough. Make sure to check out the beach before you leave as well - it's... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

It's a bit of walk out 30 minutes to see the main sheet of petroglyphs. Essentially a dirt path all the way out. A trail rings the sheet of petroglyphs. They look like stick people. There are quite a lot of figures on the sheet.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The trail was much rougher than I expected. It took about 20 minutes to get to the end where most of the carvings are located. If you don't have strong ankles, then this is not for you. There are frequent outcroppings of lava on the trail to step over, and the trail winds through the woods.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the petroglyphs early morning. It's best to go early so that the sun casts shadows over the petroglyphs and makes them easier to see. It's also less hot early in the day. We didn't find the trail very hot...it's mostly shady, and you're walking through the coolest trees with gnarled branches. It's a very easy trail, some uneven... More 

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Winchester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

This is a very accessible place to see the caves formed by lava tunnels, the fish ponds and a few petroglyphs. You walk on a paved path--much easier than crushed lava. No crowds here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

This is a great activity for kids. Unfortunately there isn't much information (interpretive or signed), so do some homework before you go. The walk is probably less than a mile but there are no benches or places to sit. It can be very hot so plan your day and time it, early morning or after 5 pm is probably best.... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I don't agree with most of the people about trail. For us the 0.7 mile trail was a big attraction. Its big portion goes in the low-branches forest, creating the dry (or burnt) branches tunnel that is green on the outside. You walk in a shade, and the tree roots "sticking" out of the ground are just a natural consequences... More 

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