Two Texas tourists lounging on a beach in Hawaii witnessed a mysterious 400-year-old object suddenly surface in front of their eyes (video below).
“For some reason there was a beam of light,” said Lonnie Watson, who was with Mark Louviere on the Waianae coast, KHON reports. “It landed right on one of them and for some reason I just turned my head. I said, look, it was just a stroke of luck.”
Upon further investigation, the foreign object revealed itself to be one of 10 large petroglyphs on the beach, etched into its sandstone.
Since then, the DLNR State Historic Preservation Division and the U.S. Army have found seven more.
Army archeologist Alton Exzabe says this is quite “significant find.”
“What’s interesting is the Army in Hawaii manages several thousand archeological sites, but this is the first one with petroglyphs directly on the shoreline,” Exzabe, who was one of the first to investigate the petroglyphs after the tourists found them, said. “I grew up coming to this beach and now as an archeologist working for the Army, helping to manage this site, we discovered these petroglyphs that have never been recorded.”
The petroglyphs' physical characteristics in particular intrigue Exzabe.
“The ones with the fingers, for me, are pretty unique,” he added, the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports. “I believe there are some elsewhere with fingers, but fingers and hands are pretty distinct, as well as the size of them. We find a lot of petroglyphs that are a foot or so tall, but this one measures 4 to 5 feet from head to toe. It’s pretty impressive.”
Sands have since covered up the petroglyphs again.
Although they're no longer visible, authorities are committed to protecting them.
“They are an important part of Hawaii’s culture and while sands have covered them again, in time they will reappear and we want to make sure people know that they are fragile and culturally sensitive and should only be viewed; not touched,” said Dr. Alan Downer, administrator for the DLNR State Historic Preservation Division.