My recent trip to the big island of Hawaii was meant as an escape from the dreary weather that plagues Vancouver in November. Little did I know that I would find so much inspiration there!
I love the things left behind by ancient and early civilizations, so was excited to find instances of these during my time in Hawaii. In an earlier post, I talked about my visit to Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau, the royal grounds. On another day trip, my family and I explored the petroglyphs of Puakō.
Our day began with a short hike (maybe half an hour) through the woods. Marcie felt like she was a princess traipsing through a fairytale wood:
As for me, I fancied myself as entering Jurassic Park!
Along this walk, we saw our first petroglyphs, which were carved on individual rocks. These, as far as I could ascertain, were “modern” petroglyphs.
This one in particular, caught my attention, since the figure rocks essentially the same hairstyle as me:
This one of the sea turtle was quite cute.
Eventually, we arrived at the main park, where there were countless petroglyphs carved into the vast bed of red rock.
According to the information sign, the ancient Hawaiians had to cross the long plain of hardened black lava flow to reach this area. That must have been quite a long and exhausting trek. Most of the figures are oriented towards the mountain.
As we circled the site, we came upon many other petroglyphs carved into various rocks or fragments of rocks.
I love getting a glimpse at an older world. I’ve seen petroglyphs on Gabriola Island in Canada and hieroglyphics in Egypt, plus many other ancient sites in Europe and Asia. It’s the foundational history of our societies, the same type of foundational history that I try to invest in my own imagined worlds.
In Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger, for example, there are old carvings in the Elder Stone that play an important role in the story. The old sorceress, Winter Woodsong, introduces Kendra to the carvings at the beginning of the book, but by the time Kendra’s adventure is completed, she has come to view them in a different way. The carvings not only offer a glimpse of the history of Kendra’s people, the Eens, but serve as a symbol of her own personal growth.
I’m currently working on a new project, and the trip to Hawaii helped me in some unexpected ways. I’ll be talking more about that in future posts!