Hilo's activities

Volcano National Park

Address: Hawaii National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI

Website: https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm

The museum is open again as of September, 2018.  This National Park is home to Kilauea, Hawaii’s most active volcano located on the Big island. Alth0ugh the volcano isn’t active as the pool of lava has drained out, the visitor center is now open for exhibits.  Sulfer trail is open and the steam vents are still seeping out steam.

To see a great overview of the lava activity from March, 2018 to the halt of activities in September 2018 the USGS has a great video that they play at the visitor’s center – click here:


Mauna Loa 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 still closed and will likely always be closed.  The draining out of the lava pool in 2018 caused so much of the caldera to cave in it undermined the area where Jaggar stands.

After visiting the Visitor Center the only thing there is to do is hike about.  A list of trails is on the Park website here:  https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/hikes_day.htm.  If you like to hike, spend a couple hours doing so.  The Sulpher Banks trail would be my first pick.  After that, if you are in Hilo for only a few days, there is more to see than lava rock.

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.

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 not open

$25.00 per private non-commercial vehicle (capacity 15 or less)


Kilauea Overlook


2016 lava flowing from Kilauea seven miles into the ocean.  Lava is currently not flowing.


Ha’akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) Trail


Holei Sea Arch