Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of the most beautiful National Parks in the world being home to volcanoes Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and Mauna Loa, the world’s largest volcano. It is about 330,000 acres and is located on the Big Island of Hawaii, 45 minutes south of the region of Hilo. Last year in 2011, the Park has 1,352,123 visitors.
In 1916 The Park officially became the United State’s 13th national park. The creation of the Park was advocated and campaigned by Lorrin Thurston and Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar. In 1906, Thurston started the campaign after exploring volcano lands, discovering a giant lava tube, being amazed by its beauty, and wanting to conserve it. In 1912 Thurston was joined by Jaggar in the campaign and the campaign finally
started moving. Thurston and Jaggar wrote editorials and advocated for turning the volcanoes into a national park until President Wilson signed it on in 1916. In 1980 Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was named an International Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural organization (UNESCO). In 1987 UNESCO also named Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as a World Heritage Site.
Left: Lorrin Thurston Right: Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar
Directions (by plane and car): United/Continental airlines offer daily flights from Los Angeles to Hilo Air Canada, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Japan, Northwest, U.S. Airways/America West and United/Continental Airlines offer direct flights to Kona From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive) From Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive) 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via Highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours)
Park hours: day, all year round, even on holidays.
The Park is open 24 hours a The Kīlauea Visitor Center is
open daily from 7:45 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Jaggar Museum is open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 7:30 P.M. Jaggar Museum Bookstore is open daily from 8:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M.
The Kahuku Unit section of the Park is open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., and it closed on the first Saturday of each month. Entrance fees:
$10.00 per vehicle - 7 days
$5.00 per individual - 7 days o Kids 15 or younger are free of charge Pass
$25.00 Hawaii Tri-park Annual $10.00 Interagency Senior
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Free fee days (park entrance, commercial tours, and transportation entrance): January 14-16 2012 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend) – January 21, 2012 (Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Open House) April 21-29, 2012 (National Park Week) June 9, 2012 (Get Outdoors Day) July 14, 2012 (Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's 32nd Annual Cultural Festival) September 29, 2012 (National Public Lands Day) November 10-12, 2012 (Veterans Day weekend) Accessibility: Explore the Park by car, on foot, or even on bicycle! - By car, there are two main roads, Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road. - By foot, there are over 150 miles of trail ranging from easy walks to difficult walks. - Devastation and Waldron Ledge trails are accessible to those in wheelchairs and those strollers. Rental cars are available at
Hilo and Kona airports. No rental cars or bikes can be obtained at the Park. Be sure to pick up your Bike Guide at the Visitor Center and be safe!
Weather: Island weather is unpredictable and temperature caries by elevation. Be prepared for sun and rain. Lodging:
The Volcano House Hotel has softly opened on August 28 and is accepting reservations http://www.hawaiimagazine.com/images/content/Volano_House_Hawaii_Volca in fall of 2012. noes_National_Park_closed/VolcanoHouse1.jpg Nāmakanipaio campground is located 31 ½ miles south of Hilo on Highway-11 Campsites are on a selfregistration on a first-come, first-served basis $15 per day Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance fee applies http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/090618/GAL-09Jun18 Maximum stay: 14 2188/media/PHO-09Jun18-166177.jpg days
The 10 Nāmakanipaio camper cabins have also been opened. o $55 per night in a cabin
Kulanaokuaiki campground is located about 5 miles down the Hilina Pali Road Campsites are on a selfregistration on a first-come, first-served basis Free
Visit the Kilauea Visitor Center! There, you can watch the film “Born of Fire, Born of the Sea” that is played on the hour from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M that introduces you to the Park. At the center, you will be able to find information about the island, eruptions, hikes, bike trails, ranger activities, safety, and maps. The Kilauea Visitor Center also had a bookstore with books about Hawaii’s natural and cultural history. It is open daily from 7:45 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum! It is along Crater Rim Drive, about volcanology and has working seismographs and equipment used by scientists to observe volcanoes. The Museum has a great view of the Kilauea Caldera and main crater of the Halema`uma`u. A gift shop is also inside the Museum. Drive the Crater Rim Drive! The drive is 10.6 miles and circles Kilauea Caldera. Stops on the drive: - Kilauea Overlook (parking and picnic area) is near the highest point of the caldera’s edge and also had a view of the active Kilauea Caldera and main crater of the Halema`uma`u but is less crowded. http://www.hawaii.volcanoes.national-park.com/map.htm - Steam Vents, where ground water seeps to the hot volcanic rocks and becomes so hot that it turns into steam. From the Steam Vents, you can walk over to the Steaming Bluff which is a grassy meadow with ground cracks.
- Sulphur Banks (wheelchair accessible) where the volcanic gases seep out of the ground, mostly consisting of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide which why it smells like rotten eggs. Crater Rim Drive (cont.) - Kīlauea Iki Overlook
- Devastation Trail (parking area) where you can walk through the cinder outfall of the 1959 eruption of Kīlauea Ik or the unpaved Bryon Ledge trail Day Hikes Kīlauea Summit Trails: o Crater Rim Waldron Ledge 'Iliahi (Sandalwood) Kīlauea Iki Devastation Kīpukapuaulu Keanakāko - Chain of Craters Road Trails: o Pu'u Huluhulu Nāpau Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs: see the largest petroglyph field in Hawaii which are lava rock images craved into stone with mysterious meanings by Native Hawaiians
- Kahuku History Hikes - "People and Land of Kahuku" o Guided tour about how people lived on the Kahuku lands, on various Sundays, no registration needed o 2 ½ miles of rugged terrain hiking
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Kahuku Kīpuka'akihi Hikes o Guided tour about rare wildlife and wildlife on Kahuku Kīpuka, http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/wponce a month on a weekend, no registration needed content/uploads/2012/09/0927geothermalFEATURE-300x199.jpg o 1 ½ mile difficult hike More Activities (cont.)
- After Dark in the Park: special guest speaker presentations every Tuesday night at 9:00 P.M. at the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium.
- Puu Oo Vent: see where Kilauea’s lava activity is centered and where lava floods underground tubes that empty into the sea. - Halemaumau Crater: see the home of the volcano goddess, Pele.
- The Hawaiian goose, Hawaiian petrel, and hawksbill turtles are endangered species that are moving toward a full recovery according to National Park Service. Nearby Attractions - Hilo: about 45 to 30 minutes away from the Park.
Museums: Imiloa Astronomy Center, Lyman Museum, Pacific Tsunami Museum - Panaewa Rainforest Zoo, the United State’s only rainforest zoo and home to white Bengal tiger.
- Many other parks and botanical gardens: Wailuku River State Park (Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots), Liliuokalani Gardens, and Wailoa River State Park. - Hilo Farmers Marker