Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Things to Do

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    Road blocked by lava from helicopter
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Most Viewed Things to Do in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • 1. Chain of Craters Road

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I drove all the way down to the end (where it was closed by a lava flow) of Chain of Craters Road and I got out and went to see the Holei Sea Arch. It was just a short walk but the surface was VERY...

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  • 2. Lava Flows

    At the end of the Chain of Craters Road where the lava had closed the road, the bus stopped and gave us a chance to get out and walk on the lava and take photos close up of what I had seen from a...

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  • 3. Kilauea Crater

    My grandmother found from talking to one of the rangers (she talks to everyone) that there would be a ranger led walk to the Kilauea Crater that morning at about 10:30, so I did that. He gave us a...

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  • 4. Crater Rim Road

    There are two main roads in the park. This is one of them - the Crater Rim Drive takes you along a portion of the summit caldera (large pit crater) of Kilauea. The road starts at Kilauea Visitor...

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  • 5. Jaggar Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Once the bus tour from the ship at Hilo got to the Hawaii Volcano National Park, our first stop was the Jagger museum. This time I had brought the NPS passports and we each got a stamp. We looked at...

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  • 6. Thurston Lava Tube

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The bus stopped for us to take a walk into the Thurston Lava Tube. This lava tube was discovered in 1913 by Lorrin Thurston, a local newspaper publisher. At that time the roof of the tube was covered...

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  • 7. Ohia Lehua trees

    As we drove along the road in the park, the guide told us about the ‘ohi’a trees and I took photos of the fronds of giant hapu’u, a tree fern. Everything looked very green and the color almost glows...

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  • 8. Halemaumau Crater

    On the top of Kilauea is the Halema'uma'u Crater, the best view of which is at the Halema'uma'u Overlook, about halfway around the Crater Rim Road from the Park entrance. An additional depression in...

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  • 9. Steam Vents

    Rob (the tour bus driver) stopped at the steam vent which has a railing around it. I didn't see but one of the steam vents because I didn't walk past the one that is in the parking lot. Rob explained...

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  • 10. Helicopter Tours

    I understand that there used to be helicopter tours right from the park, but they are no longer available as there were safety concerns. The tour I booked from the cruise ship left from the Hilo...

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  • 11. Kilauea Visitor Center

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    When we were at the visitor's center I was primarily interested in taking photos of the petroglyphs. Later I got a chance to walk to the trail and see them in person. I was also interested in the...

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  • 12. Mauna Ulu Crater

    One of the more spectacular eruptions in the area's recent history was a series of lava fountains erupting from a fissure in 1969. The eruptions continued for the next four years, forming the Mauna...

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  • 13. Hike the Kipukapuaulu Trail

    The Kipukapuaulu Trail is a short, but little visited, trail just off Mauna Loa Road. Because it is little visited, this well-forested area is one of the best...

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  • 14. KA'U DESERT

    The large devastated region dropping off of Kilauea's southwestern rim is the wastelands of the Ka'u Desert. The desert is bordered on the east side, roughly,...

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  • 15. KIPUKA PUNAULU and MAUNA LOA

    Kipuka is an island of vegetation surrounded by lava flows. Just off HI 11 and the NW side of Kilauea crater, up the Mauna Loa Strip Road, is Kipuka Punaulu. In...

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  • 16. NENE GEESE

    The Nene is Hawaii's state bird. Here in the Park, the Nene has its main remaining sanctuary. You will see warning signs along the Park roads warning you to...

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  • 17. Tree Fern Rain Forest

    Along a portion of the crater rim drive, co-existing with the Thurston Lava Tube, is a beautiful tree fern rain forest that you should take a moment to...

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