Hawaii 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 230,000 acres and ranges
from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677
feet. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of
the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Over half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping
opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
About 2.5 million visitors a year; summer, Christmas and Easter are peak visitation
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718-0052
Park Headquarters/Visitor Information (808) 985-6000 (daily, 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Hawaii
Fax (24 hours) (808) 967-8186
Eruption Information Message (24 hours) (808) 985-6000
your discovery is a fascinating world of active volcanism and biological diversity and a
legacy of prehistoric culture. Before you begin your park adventure, stop at the Kilauea Visitor Center for an orientation to the
park's roads, trails, activities, and safety precautions. For information
contact: Superintendent, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, P.O. Box 52, Hawaii
National Park, HI 96718-0052 or visit www.nps.gov/havo
on the Internet.
to See and Do:
If you have only a few hours, take one of the
"short" drives or hikes around Kilauea Crater.
This 11-mile drive circles Kilauea's summit caldera and craters, passes through rainforest
and desert, and provides access to well marked scenic stops and short walks.
Highlights include Sulphur Banks, Steam Vents, Jaggar Museum, halema'uma'u Crater,
Devastation Trail, Kilauea Iki Crater and Thurston Lava Tube.
Chain of Craters Road
This 40-mile roundtrip drive intersects with Crater Rim Drive, descends 3,700 feet to the
coast and dead ends at a lava flow across the road, Points of interest include Lua Manu
and Pauahi craters, Mauna Ulu Lava Shield, Kealakomo Overlook and Holei Sea Arch.
The character of the park is best discovered on foot. There are over 150 miles of
trails in the park. If you have only a single day, explore Kilauea's summit trails.
Highly recommended is the Kilauea Iki trail, a four mile (two-hour) hike,
descending 400 feet through native rainforest into a crater, and across lava flows still
steaming from the 1959 eruption. Additional trails options are marked on the map.
For an unforgettable back-country trip, hike the 19.6-mile trail (three or four days) to
the summit of Mauna Loa (nearly 14,000 feet). But be forewarned: hikers must be in
good physical condition and properly equipped for winter mountaineering.