The Pu’u Loa petroglyphs mark a spot sacred to the native Hawaiians. Many Hawaiians came to this place on the flanks of Kilauea hoping to insure their children a long life by placing a segment of their umbilical cord in holes that they carved in the pahoehoe lava. Pu’u Loa Long Hill, 2 miles from Chain of Craters Road, is home to the largest known concentration of petroglyphs in Hawai’i. It is thought that these were used to record important events in the lives of individuals and families.
Photo by Jason Kennedy
Photo by Tim Lincoln
This photo depicts some of the petroglyphs cut into pahoehoe lava flows on Pu’u Loa Long Hill.
Other Petroglyphs include:
Honu: This is the sea turtle, which represents the navigator in Hawaiian culture. Hawaiians highly respect the sea turtle for its ability to return home after roaming many miles.
Wa’a: This represents a sailing canoe. It is said that native Hawaiian would travel from all of the islands to the Puu Loa site to insure their newborns a long lifetime. They would use canoes to travel from island to island.
Kao: This represented war and battling. They did have war just like every other society in this world.
More Petroglyphs and their meanings can be found at this site. Petroglyphs