Jaggar Museum

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The big draws at this one-room museum are the views and the real-time seismographs and tiltmeters recording earthquakes within the park. There's also a mural of the Hawaiian pantheon and a short history of the museum's founder and famed volcanologist, Dr Thomas A Jaggar.

Head around back for an excellent view of Pele's house, at smoking Halemaʻumaʻu Crater . From this vantage point you'll see why Halemaʻumaʻu is sometimes referred to as the 'crater within the crater,' since it's plopped in the middle of Kilauea Caldera. When the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater began erupting in 2008, the real show moved from the museum to the viewpoint outside, replete with a telescope trained 24/7 on the lava lake in the crater's center. At night, observers can run three deep. This thrilling vantage is also the end of the road from this direction – until the eruption stops anyway. When the weather is clear, there's a rapturous view of Mauna Loa to the northwest. Take the path to the left of the museum for 100yd and there's a perfect picnicking spot.