Olowalu Petroglyphs

Kahului, Hawaii 96732

Olowalu Petroglyphs

Olowalu Petroglyphs Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"These are some of the most accessible petroglyphs on Maui (not counting those on hotel grounds, some of which are reproductions). They are incised geometric designs and stylized human figures whose meanings are unknown. They are in fairly good condition, though there has been some vandalism. The hike to see them is short and mostly level, but can be hot so it’s best done early or on an overcast day.

To reach the petroglyphs just follow the dirt road mauka, through weedy wasteland and canefields. You will see a paved road swing off to your right (east), but stay on the main (dirt) one, ignoring any side trips. A small volcanic cone to the right, at the mouth of the valley, marks the spot. Cross over an irrigation ditch and look for some iron railings on the hillside on your right, behind a tin shack. These lead up to what used to be a viewing platform."

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Top Trails Maui: Must-Do Hikes for Everyone (Wilderness Press)
Sara Benson
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"A dusty road leads through sugarcane fields to an ancient Hawaiian petroglyph site, with the West Maui Mountains as a monumental backdrop. The trailhead is not far from the beach, with possibilities for oceanfront camping nearby." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Hawaii: Maui (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"These are some of the most accessible petroglyphs on Maui (not counting those on hotel grounds, some of which are reproductions). The petroglyphs are incised geometric designs and stylized human figures whose meanings are unknown. They are in fairly good condition, though there has been some vandalism. The Hike is short and mostly level, but can be hot and is best done early or on an overcast day. Follow the dirt road mauka (toward the mountain) through weedy wasteland and cane fields. You will see a paved road swing off to your right (east), but stay on the main (dirt) road, ignoring any side trips. A small volcanic cone to the right (northeast), at the mouth of a valley, marks the spot. Scramble up the slope over chunks of broken concrete to a level spot and look to the left (north) to see the petroglyphs. The designs are similar to those all over the Hawaiian Islands, so they surely have some religious significance, but their meaning has been lost. They are not in the best condition, but very much worth seeing." Read more
"The Olowalu Petroglyphs are ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs (images chiseled into the rock surface) depicting humans and animals. The 300-year-old stone carvings are engraved into the face of Kilea, a volcanic cinder cone in the V-shaped Olowalu Valley. The trail follows an ancient Hawaiian route that crossed the Olowalu Valley into the Iao Valley. This area is now privately owned, and public access ends at the petroglyphs. Walk behind the Olowalu Store and down the cane road to the water tank. Follow the dirt road for a half mile through the sugar cane field into the Olowalu Valley towards Kilea, the volcanic hill. As the road approaches the distinct cinder cone, human figures carved into the face of the west hillside will be visible. Unstable remnants of walkways, railings and an observation platform remain. After viewing the petroglyphs, you must return along the same route. Further access on the privately owned road is prohibited." Read more

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3/19/2011
from the petroglyphs follow the road to the only bridge crossing. directly to your right is the driveway that leads to a trail up the olowalu stream. make a right at a small sign pointing to iao valley. there is a bridge that starts the trail. followed this trail for about 2.3 miles. stopped because we didn't have proper gear for traveling in water. couldn't find any way to avoid this due to the high walls. very nice walk with easy stream crossings.
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4/22/2003
The trail description from this book is out of date. We were spooked out at this lonely destination and made sure our car was visible at all times. Our advice is to buy a more current book.
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Trail Information

Kahului
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
1.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
40 minutes to 1 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
USGS Olowalu
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Dec 2018