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Volcano Things to Do

  • Hiking thru the rain forest

    This is a short hike that brings you to the bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater. You will descent via stairs (ccw) or path in to the crater (cw). This depends which way round you go. At the bottom follow the stone men to the other side. It is a strange feeling when you walk trough a crater that was in 1959 one big fire pot. Knowing that below you...

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  • Tidbits

    The trail to the most active lava production point with awe-inspiring name of Pu’u O’o and its closer to civilization viewpoint with the sexy heading Pu’u Huluhulu leads you to at least a couple of discoveries. Along the path are visible strange formations that at close inspection become lava tubes materialising through the process of engulfing and...

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  • Lava Life

    Kilauea volcanic production shows vividly what a double edge sword these earthly hiccups can be. New lava has burned, smothered and pulverized everything in its path but in a while life springs up from any possible crack fed by the frozen cocktail of nutrients that this amorphous mass is made of. While flora spearheads the way to the future other...

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  • Crater count

    Chain of Craters road certainly lives up to its name. Stretching from the main active volcano of Kilauea at 1000m or so down to the ocean level where the lava belonging to another hot spot ends up, it reveals a whole scale of volcanic activity in all sorts of stages. Along the way one can witness craters spewing lava, craters belching smoke,...

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  • Visit the Visitor Center

    Once you enter the park, stop at the Visitor Center. You can't miss it, it's one of the only man-made structures you'll see for a while...Inside is what any tourist would expect from a Visitor Center...displays, pictures, videos, tours...etc. We stopped here for the most important thing. Yes, there are flush toilets here! You may want to use...

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  • Check out the Steam Vents

    One of the first "attractions" you drive up on is the "Steam Vents." At this point of the journey, I had begun being active after the hospital stay, was still heavily medicated with painkillers, but tried to do alot more than I should have. I had to get out of the car and walk to the edge of the crater, where the steam from the vents here were...

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  • Kilauea Crater from Ground Zero

    It's humbling. Makes you feel small. We had the opportunity to fly over the Kilauea Crater in the helicopter, it looked big then, but here, in Volcanos National Park, how close do you want to get?We got our first up-close look at the crater from the area marked for the "Steam Vents." It's a beautiful view point. There are hiking trails for all...

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  • Walk through an Enormous, Ancient Lava...

    Part of the "Crater Tour" is an expansive, and ancient lava tube, the Thurston Lava Tube.You know, this work stuff is really cutting into my VT time...I'll be back to finish the story.

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  • Drive the Crater Rim

    Crater Rim Drive winds through Volcanos National Park, around the Kilauea Crater offering different, each beautiful, views. This is the road you are on when entering the park, and there are highlighted spots on the "Crater Tour" where you can pull off, have a picnic, take pictures or whatever. Just remember, there are many other tourists, there...

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  • Kilauea Iki Crater Trail

    This is a short hike that brings you to the bottom of the Kilauea Iki Crater. You will descent via stairs (ccw) or path in to the crater (cw). This depends which way round you go. At the bottom follow the stone men to the other side. It is a strange feeling when you walk trough a crater that was in 1959 one big fire pot. Knowing that below you feet...

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  • Why won't my ferns grow like this??

    Ohia Fern Rainforest. on the east side of the cauldera. Cool and damp. The softest rain I've ever experienced. Stuck to our hair and eyelashes like snowflakes. The best hike is the Thurston Lava Tube. Takes 30-45 min to go down to and through the developed tube, with walkways and lighting. There is a continuation of the tube you can explore if you...

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  • newest rocks on the planet

    Kilauea has been erupting since Jan 3, 1983. The most recent flows can be seen at the end of the chain of craters road. When I was there the walk to see 'red' lava was 1 1/2 hours from where you parked your car, across very uneven terrain. Be prepared if you go. Take lots of water, wear hiking shoes (no slippas) , long pants and make sure you have...

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Volcano Restaurants

  • Tourist Center

    They have a very nice eatery here, you can sit down to a meal, or as in my case, grab a snack and eat it outside while enjoying the view of the crater. Just the fact that you had a choice of where you would like to eat. Would you believe, a ham and cheese sandwich??? And Kona Coffee, ofcoarse ;-)

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  • A New Experience

    I asked my grandson whether he had ever had Thai food which tends to be spicy. He said he was OK with that, so we went to the Thai Thai Restaurant. This restaurant was in a building with a TruValue, a laundromat, an art/gift store and an ATM. We parked down at the TruValue end.HoursMonday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 12:00PM-9:00PMSaturday & Sunday...

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  • Coffee - but not to drink

    We went to this place on a cold rainy night. We wanted to get a quick dinner so I could go out and see the volcano at night. I had a beef noodle soup which was good but hard to eat because the noodles were slippery. I DID like the coffee ice cream

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  • The Store Side

    It was almost time for lunch, so we left the park and went into the town of Volcano. No McDonalds here.I stopped at a general store/cafe place and decided to look in the store side first and get something for breakfast the next morning. My grandson picked out a package of cold cereal (which he eats without milk), and got a coke, and I got a muffin....

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  • The View is priceless

    Located at Volcano House. Overlooks the cauldera, and the view alone is worth the price of the meal. Buffet serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Food was ok, usual breakfast fare. Pineapple juice was outstanding but was more engrossed with what was outside the windows.

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  • They have a very nice eatery...

    They have a very nice eatery here, you can sit down to a meal, or as in my case, grab a snack and eat it outside while enjoying the view of the crater.Just the fact that you had a choice of where you would like to eat. Would you believe, a ham and cheese sandwich??? And Kona Coffee, ofcoarse ;-)

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Volcano Transportation

  • by kahiwa Written Oct 4, 2002

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    The best way to get to the Volcano area is via car. There may be shuttle buses, but they would be few and far between. The only other way is via tour bus from either Hilo or Kona, but you're stuck with their schedule and you have to leave when they want to.
    You will need a car to drive around and see everything. You can hike around if you're fit, but the road down to the ocean is several miles long (about 20 miles?) so it would be quite a hike.

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Volcano Local Customs

  • Thurston Lava Tube

    Not a cultural tip, just needed more space to show more...... This Lava tube is enormous, and although there is lighting, it helps if you have a torch. Otherwise it's difficult to see the puddles of water.

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  • Not a cultural tip, just...

    Not a cultural tip, just needed more space to show more......This Lava tube is enormous, and although there is lighting, it helps if you have a torch. Otherwise it's difficult to see the puddles of water.

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  • As mentioned in the Warnings...

    As mentioned in the Warnings section, please don't take any lava rocks from the area. The entire Volcano area is considered to be the home of Madame Pele, the goddess of fire. She is very powerful, and should not be mocked or made fun of. Be respectful.A friend of mine stood at the rim of the volcano and did a mock hula dance and chant. He was also...

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Volcano Warnings and Dangers

  • Lava Flows

    This area can be dangerous if you suffer with any kind of respiratory condition, such as asthma or emphysema. Also not advisable if you are a 'Mom in Waiting' or children. The fumes from the gases are very strong, so even if you don't have medical problems, keep away from vents with yellow around them.

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  • Beware What You Breathe

    Anyone that has respiratory problems should be careful where they walk out to. There are many spots in the park where the sulfur fumes can be overwhelming, and dangerous. The park has marked many of these spots with warning signs.

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  • Thermal Waters, heated by Volcano

    Another danger, that I was unaware of - Allergies to the chemicals in Thermal Waters, heated by volcanos.During a recent trip to Costa Rica's "Aguas Termales la Marina" we spent over two hours enjoying the beauty of the surroundings, the warm water from the pools of varying temperatures, and the wildlife also in the area. We saw a sloth up in the...

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Volcano What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Be sure to take some warm clothing, as the weather can, and usually does change in this region. It was a lovely day when I did this tour, but it suddenly got quite cool when we reached the Volcano National Park, and we had showers as well. Good photographic equipment, and lots of spare film. You are going to need it... If you are going to camp...

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  • Packing List

    Be sure to take some warm clothing, as the weather can, and usually does change in this region. It was a lovely day when I did this tour, but it suddenly got quite cool when we reached the Volcano National Park, and we had showers as well. Good photographic equipment, and lots of spare film. You are going to need it... If you are going to camp...

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Volcano Off The Beaten Path

  • Steam vents

    Not really off the beaten path, but there were two very large steam vents here, with a huge amount of scorching steam coming out. One guy put his arm into it, and I can tell you, he jumped away pretty fast.

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  • Thurston Lava Tube, Volcano National...

    Thurston Lava TubeVolcano National Park, Volcano, Big Island, HawaiiWhile visiting a friend who lives in Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii we took a late night cruise through the Thurston Lava Tube ... which was absolutely fascinating. Not the first tube for me to go down as I've been in some in Washington and New Mexico, but have to say I'm...

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  • Volcano General Store

    If you want to picnic while your at the volcano the closest grocery store is in volcano village, located 1 mile from the park entrance. (This is also the closest gas station to the park.) Make sure you have plenty of gas before you explore the park.

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Volcano Favorites

  • Organized tours

    If you are taking an organized tour, check out where exactly they will take you. My tour was very interesting, but unfortunately they did not go anywhere near where the Lava was flowing. Which would have been an Awesome site. Just everything about this place is a fond memory. You walk around and see some incredible things. Steam spurting out of...

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  • If you are taking an organized...

    If you are taking an organized tour, check out where exactly they will take you. My tour was very interesting, but unfortunately they did not go anywhere near where the Lava was flowing. Which would have been an Awesome site. Just everything about this place is a fond memory. You walk around and see some incredible things. Steam spurting out of...

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  • Explore the Volcanoes National...

    Explore the Volcanoes National Park. The park is located about 30 miles from Hilo town, on the higher elevations of the Mauna Loa volcano. The chain of craters road winds down from the park entrance all the way down to the ocean, and has crater after crater located on either side of the road. I took a hike one day from the Kilauea Military Camp...

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