Baha’i 9-Pointed Star
Ancient societies all over the world have left carvings on rocks. Worldwide, the oldest known Petroglyphs are in European caves and are thought to be more than 10,000 ears old. Petroglyph sites in the Hawaiian Islands continue to provide clues to the Island’s ancient past. The Lave flow at this site is 3,300 years old and these Petroglyphs are about 800 years old. The Hawaiian Islands have hundreds of known lava tubes and many show evidence of use in ancient Hawaii (e.g., as burial sites, shelters, and places of refuge), though very few are known to have Petroglyphs. These rare Petroglyphs can be seen from this point by looking ¾ of the way down to the flat shelf on the far wall. You will see the triangle people that depict the lineage of the medicine people who may have lived here. Petroglyphs in the Hawaiian Islands are divided into three categories: descriptive, symbolic, and cryptic. Descriptive Petroglyphs may be recognizable subjects, such as canoes, paddles, sails, and fishhooks, as well as circles and dots. Symbolic Petroglyphs are less recognizable, often consisting of forms carved in an unnatural manner, yet obviously purposefully created, and thus meaningful to the carver. Cryptic Petroglyphs are mysterious images that are very different than descriptive and symbolic Petroglyphs. Cryptic Petroglyphs are by definition of uncertain meaning and many theories and interpretations have been offered over the years to explain these Petroglyphs, yet much uncertainty remains. Some have suggested that certain cryptic or symbolic Petroglyphs may be created in such a way as to have secret or double meanings, similar to the kaona (hidden meanings) often used in Hawaiian chants. The most common types of Petroglyphs are human figures (including well-distinguished male and female figures) as well as dots and circles. Also fairly commonly seen at Petroglyph sites are canoes with sails, and sometimes just the sails. Women were often represented by an open triangle, and men by a closed triangle. Some researchers think that Petroglyphs are the first efforts of ancient people to construct a written language.