Hawaii beach reveals 400-year-old petroglyphs

Hawaiian island Oahu’s beach revealed petroglyphs created by indigenous people at least 400 years ago. The carvings were discovered by accident by tourists on the western side of the island in the area of Waianae Coast. 17 carvings have been found in the sandstone shoreline, including one measuring almost 1.5 meters long.

Petroglyph from Oahu (by Live Science)
Petroglyph from Oahu (by Live Science)

Most of the images depict human figures, and some include carvings of the figures’ fingers. What is worth mentioning, fingers and hands are somewhat unusual on Hawaiian petroglyphs. Local people are said to have noticed the carvings earlier but it’s the first time they have been recorded and studied due to shifting sands. Petroglyph sites are scattered across the Hawaiian Islands. Among the most famous are the Pu`u Loa petroglyphs (with over 23,000 images), which are easily accessible to visitors at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Petroglyphs (by Western Digs)
Petroglyphs (by Western Digs)

(after Live Science & Western Digs)

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