The area consists of scattered fossil footprints of men, women, and children, and hoofprints of hogs in hardened, cement-like ash. Many historians and Hawaiians believe the footprints were made by the warriors of Keoua Kuahu’ula who were traveling with their families; or else by a detached group of relatives of Keoua’s army. Keoua and his army passed through the Ka‘u Desert during the 1790 steam-blast eruption of Kilauea.
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