Visitors accidentally discover petroglyphs along Hawaii’s Waianae Coast

Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

petroglyphsTwo visitors have accidentally discovered large petroglyphs etched into sandstone on the Waianae Coast.


Over the 60 feet of beach, 17 figures has been unearthed, believed to be created by aboriginal tribes.


Shifting sands on Hawaii’s Waianae coast on the island of Oahu have revealed petroglyphs that some experts believe date back more than 400 years, according to a statement by Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources.This is regarded as a rare event by the scientists.


Though it’s likely that these petroglyphs have been exposed before, it is the first time they have been brought to the attention of the DLNR and the U.S. Army.


Army archaeologist and Waianae native Alton Exzabe said it was the first archaeological site in Hawaii with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline that the Army manages, calling it “quite a significant find.”


Archaeologists are encouraging people to only look at the natural wonders and prohibiting them from touching it. They said that even the process of scraping sand away by hand or with brushes can damage the integrity of the figures.


Glen Kila, a lineal descendant of the aboriginal families who first settled on the Waianae Coast, said petroglyphs record genealogy and religion.


Kila said that, it is very important to know about the lineal descendants of the area and their understanding of these petroglyphs. The interpretation of these petroglyphs can only be interpreted by the lineal descendants who are familiar with its history and culture.


Sand has since covered the petroglyphs, but the Army and DLNR are committed to protecting the discovery.

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