Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park attractions

Top Choice Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Halemaʻumaʻu Viewpoint

The original Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook off Crater Rim Dr has been closed since 2008 due to volcanic activity and the very real threat of death (ie don't even think about sneaking out there). Fortunately, the next-closes…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Puʻu Loa Petroglyphs

The gentle, 1.3-mile round-trip to Puʻu Loa (roughly, 'hill of long life') leads to one of Hawaiʻi's largest concentrations of ancient petroglyphs, some over 800 years old. Here Hawaiians chiseled more than 23,000 d…
Top Choice Museum in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea Visitor Center & Museum

Stop here first. Extraordinarily helpful (and remarkably patient) rangers and volunteers can advise you about volcanic activity, air quality, road closures, hiking-trail conditions and how best to spend however much…
Top Choice Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea Iki Overlook

When 'Little Kilauea' burst open in a fiery inferno in November 1959, it filled the crater with a roiling lake of molten rock fed by a 1900ft fountain that lit up the night sky with 2 million gushing tons of lava pe…
Top Choice Gallery in Volcano

Niaulani Campus

On the edge of an old-grown ohia forest, this campus of the main Volcano Art Center gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park showcases spillover and related exhibits unencumbered by the park’s thematic requirement…
Volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Mauna Loa

The world's largest subaerial (above water) volcano, Mauna Loa (Long Mountain) is so massive that you feel its presence more than see it. Even when it doesn't have its head in the clouds, it's impossible to pick out…
Museum in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Jaggar Museum

There's plenty packed into this small one-room geology museum including real-time seismographs and tiltmeters recording earthquakes inside the park (and under your feet). Other exhibits introduce Hawaiian gods and g…
Volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea

Kilauea volcano lies at the center of activity in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The unassuming bump on Mauna Loa's southeast flank would be easily overlooked if not for its massive steaming crater and a boiling l…
Historic Site in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Footprints

A short, 0.8-mile walk down the Mauna Iki trail from the Kaʻu Desert trailhead on Hwy 11 brings you to a field of scattered footprints preserved in fragile sediment and continually being revealed and reburied by win…
Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hilina Pali Overlook

This serenely beautiful overlook looms 1700ft above the coastal flats of Hilina Slump: a semidetached landmass sinking 4in each year, and which may be primed for cataclysmic collapse. The last minor drop – 11ft duri…