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Petroglyphs at Poaiwa (The Bird Man of Lana`i)

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Poaiwa Petroglyphs

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Poaiwa Petroglyphs - Petroglyphs at Poaiwa (The Bird Man of Lana`i). Copyright Hawaii Tourism Japan (HTJ).

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These ancient cliff sketches are officially called the "Poaiwa" or "Puaiwa" Petroglyphs, but they're locally known as "Bird Man" because they depict figures with heads that look bird-like. They're also in close proximity to Shipwreck Beach, so they are sometimes called the "Shipwreck Beach" Petroglyphs.

Whatever their real name, the drawings are definitely an interesting sight to see, especially if you're interested in history or local culture. It's estimated that they date back to about the 15th century, but it's not known for sure how old the petroglyphs really are. The island of Lana`i is home to many of these drawings, but the Bird Man Petroglyphs remain some of the most popular, due their relatively accessible location.