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Halemaʻumaʻu Crater

The original Halemaʻumaʻu Overlook off Crater Rim Dr was closed in 2008 due to volcanic activity and the very real threat of death. For the next decade, Halemaʻumaʻu, then about 3000ft across and almost 300ft...

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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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological 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...

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Kilauea Visitor Center & Museum

Stop here first on your visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Extraordinarily helpful (and remarkably patient) rangers and volunteers can advise you about volcanic activity, air quality, road closures,...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Cave in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Thurston Lava Tube

Thurston Lava Tube

On Kilauea's eastern side, Crater Rim Dr passes through a rainforest thick with tree ferns and ohia trees to the overflowing parking lot for ever-popular Thurston Lava Tube. A 0.3-mile loop walk starts in an ohia...

Area in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Sulphur Banks

A wooden boardwalk weaves between misty, rocky vents stained chartreuse, yellow, orange and other psychedelic colors by tons of sulfur-infused steam rising from deep within the earth. Once frequented by rare...

Area in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kaʻu Desert

Although the Kilauea rain shadow keeps this area relatively dry, it's not a true desert; but what rain does fall is highly acidic from the upwind eruptions. While that's hard on the plant life, it does maintain a...

Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Mauna Loa Lookout

A narrow, winding and potholed drive along lonely Mauna Loa Rd passes heavily forested kipuka (volcanic oases) as you come ever closer to the world's most massive active volcano. At the end of the road lies epic...

Landmark in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Mauna Ulu

In 1969, eruptions from Kilauea's East Rift Zone began building a new lava shield, Mauna Ulu (Growing Mountain). By the time the flow stopped in 1974, it had covered 10,000 acres of park and added 200 acres of...

Gallery in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Volcano Art Center

Near the Kilauea Visitor Center, this sharp local art gallery spotlights museum-quality pottery, paintings, woodwork, sculpture, jewelry, Hawaiian quilts and more in a series of rotating exhibits. The nonprofit...

Viewpoint in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Steam Vents & Steaming Bluff

Creating impressive billowing plumes in the cool early morning, these vents make a convenient drive-up photo op. Hot rocks below the surface boil rainwater as it percolates down, producing the steam. While the...

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...

Gallery in Volcano

Volcano Garden Arts

Do your Big Island art shopping at this gallery and studio in the fern forest. Walls and tables overflow with paintings, handicrafts and jewelry produced by dozens of regional creatives. The space is surrounded...

Landmark in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Holei Sea Arch

Constantly brutalized by unrelenting surf, the coastal section of Chain of Craters Road has sharply eroded lava-rock pali (cliffs). Visible from near the road's end, this ephemeral high rock arch is a dramatic...

Gallery in Volcano

2400 Fahrenheit

2400 Fahrenheit

Michael and Misato Mortara form hot glass into sculptures and vessels as complex and beautiful as the Big Island. Visit in the morning, or just after lunch for your best chance of seeing the action. Turn off Hwy...