One of the best light shows ever is at the lava flow in Volcanoes National Park. This side of the island is absent any street lights or other distractions that would mute the night sky, so views of stars, planets, and meteorities are excellent! The lava is actually best seen at night. During day, the dull glow is less than impressive, but at night the radiant glow of lava appears everywhere. Be careful about your footing though. The night walk return requires a flashlight to avoid stumbling over the rough trail to the parking lot. Also, I don't recall whether the park service closes the entrance to the lava flow at night, so I'd arrive at least by dusk to get your bearings. This is an alien moonscape. These images with my first digital camera don't do much justice for the experience, but they'll give you the idea.
Dress Code: Long pants, as it can be quite cool on the coast, but also for safety in case of a stumble while on the trail. Wear hiking boots or other very durable footwear that can amble over the rough terrain. Bring a flashlight, ideally, a headlight that fixes on the trail.
When we were here, this hotel was closed for remodeling. It might have needed it - my sister visited...more
11-3802 Twelfth St/PO Box 205, Hawaii, 96718, United States
Good for: Business
The park ranger told us about this place and we passed it also on the ship's tour. I did not know...more