Address: Hawaii National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
A must see on your trip to the Big Island! This National Park is home to Maunaloa and Kilauea, Hawaii’s two active volcanoes located on the Big island. These volcanoes are truly a site to see, after all it is not often you can come face to face with an active volcano!
Maunaloa last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea has been continuously erupting since 1983. Upon entering the park, visit the Kīlauea Visitor Center for more information about current volcano activity to plan your day accordingly.
The park also contains the Jaggar Museum which is a great place to learn more about the volcanos and also take advantage of their outlook of Kilauea, which is absolutely stunning to view in the later hours of the day
The National Park features many activities, and you can easily spend your whole day here. For example the park features many easy day hikes like the Ha’akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) Trail, an easy 1.2 mile round trip hike, and the Earthquake Hike (a great viewing point of Kilauea!), and easy 1 mile round trip hike that is wheel chair and stroller accessible. Many more day hikes can be found around the park like the Halema‘uma‘u Trail, the ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail, the Kīlauea Iki Trail, the Devastation Trail, the Kīpukapuaulu, the Crater Rim Trail, and the Keanakākoʻi, all information regarding these hikes can be found on their website.
A good way to view many of the top places in this park is to embark on their Crater Rim Drive Tour. While driving with your family and friends one can visit such stops as the Kīlauea Visitor Center, Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Overlook, Steam vents, Steaming Bluff and Ha’akulamanu – Sulfur Banks, Kilauea Iki Overlook, Nahuku – Thurston Lava Tube, Pu’u Pua’i Overlook, Devastation Trail, and the hike to Keanakako’i Crater.
Remember that conditions of the park are constantly changing, so it is wise to ask a park ranger about current air conditions and for more information about the park’s safety. If you are planning on hiking please wear suitable shoes and pants (lava rocks are sharp, and falling on them is like falling on broken glass!), and remember to drink lots of water.
There is so much more that the Hawaii National Park has to offer. For more information about hiking, lodging, camping, or other attractions located in the park please feel free to use their website to discover more about this incredible Hawaiian destination.
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round, including ALL holidays.
Kīlauea Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Jaggar Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
$20.00 per private non-commercial vehicle (capacity 15 or less)
lava flowing from Kilauea seven miles into the ocean.
Ha’akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) Trail
Holei Sea Arch