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“Hard to see unless you have binos or a telephoto lens” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Olowalu Petroglyphs

Olowalu Petroglyphs
Ranked #53 of 123 things to do in Lahaina
Certificate of Excellence
Camano Island, Washington
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397 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Hard to see unless you have binos or a telephoto lens”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Really glad that someone is trying to save this piece is history, hope the youth can stop messing with it. Nice drive especially if you stop by leoda, for some coconut bread.
Great drive up its you want a departure from the norm

1 Thank rusty_fwg
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Kapaa, Hawaii
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37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Hidden History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

If you have any interest in history, find your way back to these. I'm not sure what they used to be like (it seems like there was some sort of viewing area once upon a time), but now you can drive right up under these petroglyphs and check them out. Take your time and respect their value as part of Maui's history. They may be a little difficult to see from the ground, but if you look there are hundreds of them to admire. Please don't climb on the rocks or "add" your own bit of history (it looks like that's what some people have done and tried to imitate these precious gems in time). You can also wander around the nearby stream and some trails if you have any interest in the dryer less tropical landscape there.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Hawaiiheart9815
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Chicago, Illinois
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157 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Please respect history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2014

Totally accessible, but that means accessible to vandalism too. If you go on a couple of the websites describing the "attraction", they talk about a stairway and platform that are in disrepair. I wish that had been updated because it deterred at least one member of our group from even going there. There is NO stairway and NO platform anymore, in part because it got people too close to the glyphs and therefore too easy to be tampered with. Today you can walk or drive directly to their location. You can even miss them completely at first blush. They are all SMALL drawings, not more than perhaps a foot high individually, and I had expected larger ones. But the more you look, the more you see. When you realize you're looking at some things 800 years old you begin or should begin to have a sense of some reverence for what you are looking at, but still some glyphs have been vandalized. But there is no gate, no entry fee, and approaching them is totally an honor system. There are only a few signs and a few that say not to enter "beyond this point" which should keep most people at least 10' away from the closest images. Otherwise for photographers they are on the NORTH face of a lava rock mound, so time of day can be of some importance. The best direction is to go behind the General Store (they appreciate your buying local products there by the way), where you'll find a parallel road, and to your left is a silvery water tower. Walk to it and there is a road up through the fields. When you get to a point where it forks bear left and on your right you should start to look for glyphs including just past the water pump house. Total of about 1/3 of a mile beyond the General Store. And if you come to a wooden bridge over a stream you've gone too far. If you want to do a 2-for, then on the makai (ocean) side of the highway, you can walk to the site of the ruins of a sugar refinery, Japanese church and port, where there was a massacre in 1790.

Visited January 2014
5 Thank Travelmess
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Park City, Utah
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Something Different to See and Do”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2013 via mobile

The directions I was given said it was a mile hike from the general store off highway. To our surprise, we were able to drive right to it. It is nice seeing some real history from the ancient past!

1 Thank Dana P
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Palo Alto, California
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119 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Interesting Petroglyphs, but in disrepair”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

In Jan. 2013, I took my family to see the petroglyphs behind the Olowalu Store just south of Lahaina. They are still there, but the stairs and railing that were there are now gone. Signs are now posted to keep away from the cliff. So, you can go up the dirt road and park across from the petroglyphs, but you cannot climb stairs and or go to the viewing platform to see the carvings, they have been removed. We actually found the railing thrown into some bushes across the road. BUT, you can still see the petroglyphs and they are still very interesting. You just cannot get as close to them as you would like. If you want to see some actual pieces of Hawaiian history it is worth the stop. When you are done, stop by the Olowalu Store for a cold drink, snack or shaved Ice.

Visited January 2013
3 Thank Chris101264
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