Puako Petroglyph Park, Waimea

Puako Petroglyph Park, Waimea

About Puako Petroglyph Park, Waimea

Overview of Puako Petroglyph Park

On your visit to Waimea, consider visiting Puako Petroglyph Park. Puako Petroglyph Park is not a top-rated place in Waimea.

Puako Petroglyph Park is not one of the most important things to do in Waimea like Polihale State Park, Parker Ranch and W. M. Keck Observatory.

Puako Petroglyph Park is generally not available on the guided Waimea tours, but there are plenty others that are worth visiting.

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Getting around Puako Petroglyph Park, Waimea

Public Transport : Bus

Suggested transit method is Bus from Orchid @ Mauna Lani. The distance between the points being 57.45 Kilometre, the time taken for the journey is 75 minutes. The expense of the trip is USD 2.

Taxi

The most preferred mode of transport is Taxi. The transit will take around 46 minutes, covering a distance of 46.43 Kilometre. The trip will cost you roughly USD 120.

Car

Take a Car. The total distance will be 46.43 Kilometre costing USD 3 and the duration of the trip will be 46 minutes.

Public Transport : Bus

It is recommended to take Bus from Fairmont - Orchid @ Mauna Lani, which will cost you roughly USD 2, taking around 5 minutes. The distance between the two points is 3.01 Kilometre.

Taxi

Best transit method is Taxi. The distance is 4.11 Kilometre, costing around USD 15. The duration of the trip is 9 minutes.

Walk

On foot. The distance is 3.84 Kilometre and time to reach is approximately 46 minutes.

Public Transport : Bus

The most preferred mode of transport is Bus from Orchid @ Mauna Lani. The transit will take around 75 minutes, covering a distance of 57.45 Kilometre. The trip will cost you roughly USD 2.

Taxi

Take a Taxi. The total distance will be 46.4 Kilometre costing USD 120 and the duration of the trip will be 46 minutes.

Car

It is recommended to take Car which will cost you roughly USD 3, taking around 46 minutes. The distance between the two points is 46.4 Kilometre.

Puako Petroglyph Park, Waimea Reviews - Write a Review

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  • One pamphlet suggests best viewing at dawn or dusk so that the low sun's shadows best reveal the carvings. You definitely do NOT want to be caught returning from the carvings area in the dark without a flashlight. The 3000 foot plus path between ankle twisting lava outcrops, which doesn't deserve the dignity of being called trail, passes though a nightmare low forest of twisted thorny trees whose fallen branches litter the ground piercing the unwary footfall. What is disgusting is that shortly before the parking area there is a cleared vehicle trail that would provide an easy walk 900 feet west and then about 400 feet north to the viewing area. This can be seen on maps photo view.

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  • There's three points here with carvings - one right at the trailhead (which has the best preserved ones), one midway through the trail (in the forest) and then the field full of carved rocks at the end - which is well worth your time. Trail's easy, barely even a hike. At worst you have to duck under a single low hanging tree, but that's it. I did it in flip flops. However there are some thorns on the ground that can poke through and stick into whatever footwear you're using. All in all, a very worthwhile jaunt - especially if you end up there at sunset. If you time it right, you can get a good angle on the carvings (the sun's angle really does make a difference) and then stroll back to the beach to watch the sun go down over the water.

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  • Very neat. Went on a rainy day a little unprepared for the weather and didn't make it down the rest of the trail. These stones were just down a short paved path, the rest of the trail was unpaved and through thorny bush/trees. Wear good shoes, the fallen pieces of branches will pierce flip flops.

  • We went midday so we didn't do the hike to the Petroglyphs. However the beaches here are amazing to wander around. Plenty of parking and a well kept restroom facility. There are a couple of picnic tables as well.

  • Not impressed by the management of the park. Signs are falling apart and poorly marked. It is very interesting once you make it to the end though.

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