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...]

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...]

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...]

New Kilauea Lava Flow Ravages Kalapana

Late July 2010 has brought a re-invigorated lava flow from the Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.  The Pu'u O'o vent has brought shifting lava flows over the years - many have been inocuous ocean entry lava flows that culminate in orange oozing lava being doused by the Pacific Ocean along the rocky coast.  But recently, the lava flow … [Read more...]

Kilauea Volcano Lava Flows near Kalapana

Excerpts and Map from USGS Site: A fresh lava flow from the Pu’u ‘O’o eruption has advanced about a mile since early April 2010, and geologists believe if it continues on its current path, it will rejoin the older flow field on the coastal plain just west of the current viewing area near Kalapana (east of the Volanoes National Park). There … [Read more...]

New Big Island Video

Here is a great video, created by one of our good friends, that shows a ton of great, adventurous things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.  From the fantastic underwater life (snorkeling and SCUBA Diving) to the unique lava flows, hiking, incredible scenery, and leisurely sightseeing - the Big Island is vast and exciting.  Did I mention … [Read more...]

Kilauea Volcano Update

Kilauea activity update - from the US Geological Survey, Big IslandSurface flows in the Royal Gardens subdivision slowed early this past week in response to a deflation-inflation event at Kilauea's summit, but had picked up again by Wednesday evening. At the coast, the Waikupanaha and Kupapau ocean entries remain active and continue to produce … [Read more...]

Question: Where Can I View the Lava Flow?

One of our users emailed us the following question:Can you tell me if it's currently (and has been recently) possible to hike to the lava flow & see it relatively close up? Or is the only way to see it via helicopter?Thanks, Dan-----------------------------Answer:Dan, Because the volcano lava flow is so unpredictable, the best thing to do is … [Read more...]