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This unusual pic is from an NPS webcam and is from the most active part of the volcano.

Pu'u 'O'o 9/3/11, 5PM.

Taken from one of the lava boat tours, Jan 2012

Iki Crater - great hiking

Halema`uma`u Crater

Steaming Bluffs




Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - things to see and do 



 Volcano Touring - https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm. If you have the time, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is worth a visit or two. It is an easy one hour drive away from the house. You can never be sure how hot or cool it will be at the top so bring a hat, comfortable walking shoes, an umbrella, your sun screen, and plenty of water but also a shirt or jacket for your arms just in case. Use the cooler and pack a picnic lunch and drinks. The views are pretty amazing and there are plenty of picnic tables. Alternatively the little town of Volcano has a few restaurants.

When you first arrive you will want to stop at the Kilauea Visitors Center to orient yourself. In the center is a large 3D model of the park and the rangers behind the desk will be glad to fill you in on the latest volcano activity and advise you on what drives and walks you might want to take. It also has videos and exhibits.

Crater Rim Drivethis road used to circle the Kilauea Caldera. The map provided by the park features this road and the rangers will be able to tell you if any section of it is closed due to volcano activity.

Steaming Bluff this is a good place to stop and is close to the visitor center. A short walk from the parking area takes you to multiple views of the Kilauea Caldera which looks dramatically different then did in early May 2018. Once finished here continue the drive down the road to the recently active Halema’uma’u Crater. The road may be closed past this point in which case back track and continue the drive back past the Visitor Center to the areas discussed below.

Other highlights on the Crater Rim Drive:

  • Thurston Lava Tube – if it has been re-opened it is very cool and an easy walk. You can visit this in less than an hour.
  • Kilauea Iki Crater hike- once the trail has been repaired and re-opened this is an amazing hike. This 4 mile loop trail hike takes 3-4 hours or so and is a moderate to difficult hike. It has a 400 foot descent and at the end you hike back out. Apply sun screen, bring your hat, plenty of water and a lunch or snack. Depending on how much sun exposure you’ve had you might want a light shirt for your arms. My favorite version of this hike starts out of the Thurston Lava Tube parking area. As you face the crater turn right and begin a gentle descent through the forest into the crater. Once you are in the crater you will see minor vents here and there. As you continue the hike through the crater notice the cliffs off to the right – there are often white birds soaring in the area. If you have the time you can take a small side trip to the area and is an interesting place to stop and have your snack or lunch. Once you are back on the trail continue the hike to the end of the crater and hike up through the woods back to the parking lot.

  • Devastation Trail (one mile roundtrip) – a little ways past the Thurston Lava Tube is the parking area for the Devastation Trail. This is an easy walk that ends with an overlook of the Kilauea Iki Crater.


Chain of Craters Road - this drive is quite scenic and whether you take it all the way to the ocean at the end is not important. There are many places to stop and craters to visit.

  • Pu’u Huluhulu – this 3 mile round trip moderate hike is one of my favorites and is usually not crowded. As usual take a hat, water, and be prepared for weather changes. The walk goes over and along lava flows to an ancient cinder cone. When the lava flowed here in the 70’s it left this forested cinder cone untouched. On some days you can see in the distance vent activity at Pu’u O’o crater which has been discharging magma and steam since 1983.


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