Sunday, October 14, 2012
History at your feet: Petroglyphs on Hawaii's Big Island
Some half-dozen sites on the island are signed and protected. Adventure seekers can find twice that many petroglyph fields, mostly on the Kona (west) side of the island. Just look for the pahoehoe lava, as opposed to the jagged slag-heaps (called a'a, "ah-ah"), the second form the molten earth takes when it reaches the surface. The carvings tell of births, deaths, and significant happenings, such as the most recent drawings that depict Western sailing ships and rifles. All the recognized sites are noted in Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer. If you find a site that is "off the map," be sure to take care not to step on or disturb the etchings.
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