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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is a fascinating world of active volcanism, biological diversity, and Hawaiian culture, past and present.

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes played an important role in the history of the Hawaiian Islands. It is in this park where you can see the first airfield ever built on the island in 1923, as well as the only remaining factory where pulu was harvested and processed for export to California in the 1840's. In the 1930's Hawaii Volcanoes was host to a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps. You can see evidence of the great work the CCC did throughout the park. The scars of World War II can be seen in areas used for bombing practice and to house POW's at the Kīlauea Military Camp.


Ellen Sheppard

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Another fabulous US National Park experience! All they are missing is one of those always-amazing introductory films. But they make up for it with well-done ranger talks, extremely knowledgeable, patient rangers, well-marked trails, and extraordinary sights that will take your breath away. The 4-mi hike through the crater is not difficult, but is made MUCH more meaningful if you purchase the trail guide before you go, at the Visitor's Center. Trail takes you through multiple climate, geological, and topographical zones. Definitely worth the time. The 1-mile hike is a shorter hiking alternative and may fit your schedule better, but is significantly less interesting and varied. The Jagger Museum is more like a typical National Park Visitor's Center than a "museum" in terms of high educational value. Make it a must-do! Some interactive components and video's of recent eruptions; likely your only opportunity to see some "Pele's Hair." Ideal schedule is to go to the Jagger Museum early in your visit, before hiking, to learn what you'll be seeing. Then return at sunset for a deeper dive into the exhibits, then walk outside to watch the astounding orange glow from the volcano - visible only after dark, and - if you're lucky - a bit of lava sputtering into the air. Though the park closes in the evening, the gates remain open. That means you can drive into the park, navigate your way to the Jagger Museum overlook, and watch the spectacle when no other tourists are jockeying with you for the best view. It's a little different every night, and from hour to hour. If you are in the area several nights, take in this spectacle after dark at least twice - ideally after the crowds have retreated. Take a rain poncho, a warm coat, and a flashlight.

Kathryn Steadman

Thursday, June 14, 2018
What an amazing day! We rented our own car so we could explore on our own. The steam vents along the sides of the road were really something. And viewing all of the many craters was awe inspiring. This was the most memorable day out of our entire cruise to all of the islands!

Katie OB

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Bring a raincoat! Then you can more easily enjoy the variety of outdoor activities, if various levels of activeness. It can be quite misty, hard to predict, but hopefully you get good views! Lava tubes and steam vents were unique and low key. What a neat change of scenery. The big island is awesomely diverse and you get to see that here. Go to the town of volcano for dinner and come back at night- the glow of lava is otherworldly.

Timothy Faraci

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Amazing experience to see an active volcano. I was lucky and unlucky as this happened in May 2018 where the 6.9 earthquake caused most of the park to be close before it officially closed for awhile. The view of the volcano had the lava several hundred feet below the earth giving a cool glow effect. Park rangers were great, funny and informative.

Stephanie Pace

Sunday, May 13, 2018
A spot that is a must to visit when on the Big Island. The volcano is still erupting and from the lookout at the park you can see the red glow of the lava. We visited during the summer and it got pretty packed at night. Nighttime it can be pretty chilly so bring a jacket. I would also suggest visiting around sunset so you can see it during the day and at night.

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