This article represents my own experience with the petroglyphs, becoming aware of them, observing them, and thinking about them. I had worked as a translator of written Japanese before coming to Hawai'i for the first time in 1989, and had seen the early pictographic forms of the Sino-Japanese characters (Vaccari & Vaccari 1950). From my observations of the petroglyphs, primarily as photographic reproductions in texts, and from Gelb's definition of writing, human communication by conventional marks (1963:12), I assumed that the petroglyphs represented the first stage of a pictographic system that would have developed as it had on Easter Island. I had seen an ethnographic film of the 'Kung San in which an elder had read rock art for John Marshall- it was a story of a hunt with pictographs of the animal and handprints to show how to advance on it. As a result I expected the Hawaiian petroglyphs to exist as art and writing at the same time.
Reichl, Christopher A.
"STORIED PICTURES: ON THE POSSIBILITY OF AN INCIPIENT LEVEL OF PICTOGRAPHIC WRITING IN PRE-CONTACT HAWAI'I,"
Rapa Nui Journal: Journal of the Easter Island Foundation: Vol. 22
, Article 7.
Available at: https://kahualike.manoa.hawaii.edu/rnj/vol22/iss2/7