Hawaii Volcanoes National Park


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit … [Read more...]

Kilauea Iki Trail

In the crater, Kilauea Iki

View from top of crater rim, start of trail Ferns in the rain forest Steam rising from the hot lava View, midway to the bottom of the crater Bottom view, prior to crossing the crater View of trail cutting across crater (see the small people) Difficulty: Moderate to challenging Distance and hiking time: 4 mile loop, 2 to … [Read more...]

Travel Itinerary: Kona to Volcano + Hilo in 2 Days

Ocean Entry Lava Flow, Kilauea

      Kona is paradise for beach-goers and sunbathers.  A must see attraction is the Kilauea Volcano located on the eastern (wind-ward) side of the island.  A lot of visitors to the Big Island will spend all of their time at the beach and unfortunately miss out on many wonderful natural attractions in and around … [Read more...]

Travel Itinerary: Hilo & Volcano in 8 Hours

Hilo Bay with Mauna Kea in Background

  Plan your Day in Hilo There is a lot to see in and around Hilo town, including the impressiveVolcanoes National Park, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, and Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens.  Whether you are a cruise-ship passenger or just short on time, you may only have one day to see everything,  If you only have one day to see the … [Read more...]

Big Island Hawaii Petroglyphs

Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs

Attractions: scenic drive, ancient Hawaiian carvings Activities: hiking, petroglyph viewing Extras: parking lot at the trail head Ancient Hawaiians called their stone art k'i’i pohaku, or images in stone. The k'i’i pohaku are petroglyphs, which comes from the greek words, "petros" for rock, and "glyphein" to carve. This rock art … [Read more...]

Observing the Kilauea Lava Flow

Hiking to the Kilauea Lava Flow

It is recommended that you wear comfortable socks and walking shoes or hiking boots. Year-round the weather varies on the volcano, so be prepared for all climates, hot, damp, and cold. Bring sunscreen and wear a hat. We suggest bringing sweatshirts as well as a wind-breaker or raincoat or gore-tex jacket to layer on your clothes. Although there are … [Read more...]

Question - Visiting the Big Island to View the Lava Flow

We received this question by email: I'm interested in the best way to travel to see the lava flows?  We would fly out of Seattle. 1) Is it best to fly to Honolulu and then drive, or continue on to a different flight destination? (If it's more than a three hour drive from Honolulu, I'd prefer to fly if that's an option.) 2) Also, in what town … [Read more...]

Question: What Should I Wear at the Mauna Kea Summit?

We received the following question by email: My wife and I will be visiting the Big Island in the end of July/early August. We plan on hiking around Volcano a bit and the Mauna Kea summit. I am trying to plan ahead and purchase things a bit at a time. I keep reading that in these places, a "light" rain jacket is needed. For me, a "light" jacket is … [Read more...]

New Lava Flow at Kilauea Volcano!

On August 3, just after 2:00 p.m., Hawaiian Standard Time, the floor of the long-erupting Pu`u `O`o crater collapsed and lava began erupting from new vents on the west flank of Pu`u `O`o cone, sending flows towards the north and south of the cone. Since that time, lava has continued to erupt from these west-flank vents, but the active lava flow has … [Read more...]

Question - Tsunami Damage to Kona

We received the following question by email: Hi.  Coming to Hawaii in July 2011.  Spending most time on Kauai.  Would like to come to Kona and hike and see volcano/lava.  Was there any damage from storms that would prevent us from doing that in Kona? ------------------------------- Answer: Most of Kona is back to normal following the … [Read more...]