EXPERIENCE WONDER AND AWE AS YOU EXPLORE KILAUEA – HAWAII’S MOST ACTIVE VOLCANO!
Kilauea is the most active volcano in Hawaii, and possibly the world. Over the years, we’ve been able to see lava flowing into the ocean and flowing inside the Halema’uma’u Crater. The conditions at Kilauea are always changing, so be sure to check out what’s going on at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory website.
Right next to the caldera, the Jaggar museum is full of informative and interactive exhibits about Kilauea and Hawaii’s other volcanoes. Learn about how the Hawaiian Islands were formed, geology, Hawaiian myths and legends. At the Visitor Center, kids can get a free workbook to earn a Junior Ranger badge!
Lava Tubes and Hiking
Even if the lava isn’t flowing, there’s still lots to do and see in the National Park. There are lots of hiking trails and scenic drives to explore the park. You can walk through a Lava Tube, see and smell sulphur vents, and drive through the volcanic landscape along Chain of Craters Road.
VISIT KILAUEA AT HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK
Seeing Lava: Over the years, we’ve been able to see lava flowing into the ocean and flowing inside the Halema’uma’u Crater. This summer (July 2016), some of our guests have been able to see the recent lava flow where it heads towards the ocean (see our blog post about this guest experience!).
Seeing the Sights: There is plenty to see and do around Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, even if the lava isn’t flowing. Gaze at the massive caldera and distant Halema’uma’u Crater. Take a drive down Chain of Craters Road to see how Kilauea’s past eruptions have shaped the landscapes. Stop by the Sulphur Banks to see and smell volcanic steam vents.
Crater Rim Drive and Jaggar Museum: The caldera at Kilauea’s summit offers stunning vistas of this volcanic landscape from a number of scenic overlooks. Make sure to check out the Jaggar Museum next to the Hawaii Volcano Observatory to learn all about Kilauea and Hawaii’s volcanic history.
Recently, the lava lake has been spattering in the Halema’uma’u Crater, putting on a real show for visitors to the Jaggar museum – especially in the early morning and at sunset! This video was taken from the crater overlook in May 2015 – last time the lava lake rose enough for visitors to see it! You can see what is happening in the crater on the Hawaii Volcano Observatory’s webcams.
Kileaua Volcano Crater
Hikes: With over 150 miles of trail in Volcanoes National Park, there are hikes for every level of adventure, fitness, and skill. For a unique, easy, and family-friendly hike, check out the Thurston Lava Tube This 20 minute walk takes you through lush forests and a lava tube – and walk where molten lava flowed hundreds of years ago. More challenging hikes can take you through fields of petroglyphs, past old but steaming lava lakes, or past stunning views of the Kilauea summit caldera. For more information about hikes and current trail conditions/closures, check out the National Parks website.