Shifting Sand uncovers 400-year-old Petroglyphs on Hawaii’s Coast

Shifting Sand uncovers 400-year-old Petroglyphs on Hawaii’s Coast

Shifting sand in a Hawaii’s coast uncovered hidden 400-year-old petroglyphs possibly made by the prehistoric people living at the island. Oahu’s Waianae Coast was visited by Lonnie Watson and Mark Louviere of Fort Worth, Texas who found the ancient artwork.

Hawaii’s Department of Land and Natural Resources reported the discovery recently made on Hawaii’s coast. Now, the DLNR's State Historic Preservation Division and the U.S. Army are working together to document the rock carvings. They have documented 17 figures so far.

It was reported that one of the petroglyphs was as long as around 5 feet. Most of the figures depicted humans. Some carvings were of figures' fingers. The unique thing about the Hawaiian petroglyphs was the carving of finger and hands. Some figures were as small as a foot, while others as long as 4-5 feet.

“What’s interesting is the Army in Hawaii manages several thousand archaeological sites, but this is the first one with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline. What’s exciting for me is I grew up coming to this beach and now, as an archaeologist working for the Army”, said Army archaeologist Alton Exabe.

Glen Kila, a descendant of the aboriginal families that first settled in Nene’u on the Waianae Coast, said he had no knowledge about the figures. He said the figures were record of their genealogy and religion. He said these petroglyphs could be interpreted well by lineal descendants of the area who knew the history and culture of those who lived in the region centuries ago.

The figures are again covered with sand, but the Army and SHPD will not fail to document and protect them yet again.