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Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
History, Local Culture, Outdoors, Art
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Dirt/off-road walking
Notes: It's a five-minute walk from the shopping complex along a posted path to the first petroglyphs.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
This is a good place to get: Snacks Dinner Lunch
Restrooms: Available
Notes: There are restrooms at the shopping complex.
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Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve

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Waikoloa Beach Dr
Puako, HI 96738


These petroglyphs, or stone inscriptions, were etched into the face of the mountain centuries ago. Featuring thousands of facsimiles of turtles, canoes, and other mysterious carvings, the Waikoloa Petroglyph Preserve is one of the most fascinating ways to witness the unique culture of native Hawaii. The petroglyphs can be found along the Mamalahoa Trail, named for King Kamehameha's "Law of the Broken Paddle," a humanitarian law that has been enshrined into Hawaii's constitution. The best time to visit the petroglyphs is during the morning or afternoon, when the sun is low in the sky. The trail begins at the nearby Kings' Shops center.

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Times & Dates

Open Hours: Dawn-dusk, daily
Visit Time: 30min-1.5hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: Free


Outdoor with little or no covering.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: All Ages
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car
Notes: Waikoloa Beach Resort near the King's Shops mall.
Parking Availability: Yes
Average Price per Hour: Free
Notes: There is parking at the King's Shops Complex.

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