Stock Photo - Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Big Island. Hawaii. Pu`u Loa, translated as the ""long hill""i or ""Hill-(of)-long-(life)""ii from Hawaiian, is a place considered sacred to the people of Hawai`i, and those of Kalapana in particular. Located in the ahupua`a (an ancient Hawaiian land division) of Panau Nui on the southern flank of Kilauea volcano, Pu`u Loa is the name of the site which contains a vast area covered with incredible numbers of pecked images in the harden lava, images known as petroglyphs. The archaeological site of Pu`u Loa contains over 23,000 petroglyph images; motifs containing cupules or holes (84% of the total) , motifs of circles, other geometric as well as cryptic designs, human representations known as anthropomorphs, canoe sails, and even feathered cape motifs. In geologic terms, the center of Pu`u Loa consists of a volcanic pressure dome with outlying areas of ancient, relatively level fields of pahoehoe lava bedrock (pahoehoe, being one of the two types of lava found in Hawai`i, a rather smooth surfaced substrate), dated geologically between AD 1200-1450.

Stock Photo: Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs. Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Big Island. Hawaii. Pu`u Loa, translated as the ""long hill""i or ""Hill-(of)-long-(life)""ii from.

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