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1.4 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty


Δ Elevation (FT)


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Pu’u Loa Trail

Hawaii | Hawaii Volcanoes

  • Ancient rock art along the Pu'u Loa Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Activities & Features


Pu'u Loa Trail is an easy kid friendly hike in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that leads hikers through native Hawaiian rock art. The trailhead is located at the Pu'u Loa parking area on Chain of Craters Road. The park says "walk in the footsteps of the kūpuna (elders) to Pu`u Loa (hill of long life), a sacred and awe-inspiring gallery of ki'i pohaku (images carved in stone). These simple etchings document the life and culture of the native Hawaiian people and spiritually, cradle the piko (umbilical cord) of their children. It brought with hopes of receiving the blessings of a long and prosperous life. This coastal trail traverses a 500-550 year old lava field to one of Hawaii's most extensive petroglyph fields. A site that has approximately 23,000 petroglyphs, many viewable at a boardwalk constructed for this purpose." Hawaii Volcanoes has two campgrounds, the Namakanipaio and the Kulanaokuaiki.

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Contact: Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park 1 Crater Rim Drive Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

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