Ancient Hawaiians called their stone art k'i’i pohaku, or images in stone. The k'i’i pohaku are called petroglyphs, which comes from the greek words, "petros" for rock, and "glyphein" to carve. The largest concentration of petroglyphs in the Pacific lies within the 233-acre Puako Petroglyph Archaeological District. These Malama Petroglyhs were made thousands of years ago. The field has over 3000 carvings including paddlers, sails, marchers, dancers, and family groups, as well as dogs, chickens, turtles, and deity symbols.
Hokuloa church is located near the entrance to the Puako community. It was built in 1859. There is a Sunday Service at 9am. It was built by the Rev. Lorenzo Lyons, a musically talented man that composed ballads such as “Hawaii Aloha”, the unofficial anthem of the islands.
The Puako General Store is the only store in town, carrying a number of goods. For other shops you need to go to Waimea, Kawaihae or the Kings shops in Waikoloa.
Photographs: Robert Shallenberger, Zach Caldwell, Samantha Birch and Andrew Walsh.