Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park


Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is one of the most popular attractions on Hawaii Island (the Big Island). The Park has diverse nature that ranges from sea level to the summit of the world’s largest volcano. The park offers unique destinations to witness live lava flows, lava tubes, glowing craters, and the best volcano viewing areas in the world.

These photos are from our 8 day trip to Hawaii during the first week of October, 2016.

  • Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater at dusk, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Kīlauea Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Steam Vents, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Kīlauea Iki Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Kīlauea Iki Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Pu'u Puai Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Puhimau Crater Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Puhimau Crater Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Puʻu Puaʻi Trail to Devastation Trail, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Crater Rim Drive, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater, Crater Rim Drive, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Flowers of the Ohelo, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Keanakako'i Overlook, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Holei Sea Arch, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Holei Sea Arch, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Holei Sea Arch, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Holei Sea Arch, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Holei Sea Arch, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Chain of Craters Road, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater at dusk, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater at dusk, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater at dusk, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
  • Halemaumau Crater at dusk, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Quick Facts and Tips

  • Best time to visit
    • Weather and good deals: Apr to May, Sep to Oct. Dec to Mar is better, but could be expensive
  • Fly Into
    • Kona International Airport
    • Hilo International Airport
    • Honolulu International Airport, then take a short, 35-40 minute flight to Kona or Hilo
  • Clothing
    • Weather is warm, so pack lightweight casual t-shirts, shorts, sundresses, tank tops, capris, skirts, swimsuits, rain gears and a light jacket for the cool evenings
  • Be sure to check the park’s official website for the current trail conditions and road closures before heading out
  • Volcanic activity can change at any time, so be prepared
  • Stay on marked trails and use only open trails and roads
  • It is recommended to hike with at least one other person
  • Avoid going close to steam vents, cracks and cliffs
  • Carry enough water and wear sunscreen, sturdy shoes, hats, and sunglasses when hiking on the no-shade lave fields
  • Best things to do
  • Other Attractions
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27 comments

  1. Amazing pictures of the crater, Jyothi!!

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  2. loved these!

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  3. We enjoyed our visit to the park in 2009. When Cindy walked through the Kīlauea Iki crater back in the mid-1980s, the hardened lava was still hot enough to be felt through hiking boots.

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  4. It is amazing to see island formation as it happens. The Big Island is still getting bigger.

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  5. Wow amazing, the crater is such a unique place. I’d love to visit the park one day 🙂

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  6. We were there a long time ago..this brings back memories..Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Wow, lovely photos, thanks for sharing

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  8. Fascinating photos and story of active volcanos!

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  9. The first time I walked on lava was a Volcano National Park. When I went back with my family a few years ago, the park was closed due to earthquakes, the erupting volcano, and Hurricane Lane. So disappointed that they could not have the same experience I did years earlier.

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