Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park can be found on the island of Hawaii. Hence it's name it contains a couple volcanoes both of which are active. It first became a national park on August 1, 1916 and covers roughly 500 square miles. The park is known for it's unusual camping and hiking spots and draws nearly 1.5 million visitors a year. Kilauea and Mauna Loa are the primary volcanos found in the park Manua Loa being the larger at a little over 13,500 feet and Kilauea the smaller at around 4,000 feet in elevation. Manua Loa is actually thought to be the biggest volcano on the planet. Each of these volcanos has erupted as recently as the early 1980's. None of the eruptions in the last 40 years or so have caused any fatalities. Camping, Hiking, and bicycling are favorite activities of tourists visiting the park. There are a couple campgrounds the lie within the parks borders. The first being Namakanipaio Campground, which requires registration, and Kulanaokuaiki which is free to the public. The park is opened 365 days a year 24 hours a day.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Info


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Artist Andy Warner to share eruption stories via comics journalism June 25

For nearly a month, June’s Artist in Residence, comics journalist, author and artist Andy Warner, has been busy talking to people impacted by the 2018 Kīlauea eruption. On June 25, he will present a long-form nonfiction comic at After Dark in the Park at 7 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center Auditorium. The program is free, but park entrance fees apply.

Performers & more announced for Cultural Festival

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is pleased to announce that three local bands and two hālau hula from Hawai‘i Island will perform at the 38th annual Cultural Festival Saturday on July 13, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kahuku Unit, FREE! Hawaiian crafts, food, and more have also been added to the lineup. 

July 2019 Events at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Parl

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues to share Hawaiian tradition with the return of the annual Cultural Festival and ongoing ‘Ike Hana No‘eau demonstrations, plus the park offers After Dark in the Park talks, volunteer programs and opportunities to explore the Kahuku Unit throughout July 2019.

Temporary closure of Steam Vents parking lot June 10 for little fire ant treatment

The Steam Vents parking lot in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be closed Monday, June 10 from 8 a.m. to noon as park staff continue efforts to eradicate little fire ants (LFA) from the area.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photos

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

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Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Roger Gerbig posted a photo:

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Roger Gerbig posted a photo:

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Roger Gerbig posted a photo:

Kilauea Iki, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (Big Island)

Mauna Ulu, Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

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Mauna Ulu, Kilauea, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Bad weather didn't stop me from shooting my first ever panorama.

Pele and Siblings

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Pele and Siblings

In the portrait the volcano goddess Pele is shown with hair looking like pahoehoe lava flows. Described as Pele-honua-mea, "She-Who-Shapes-The-Sacred-Land", in ancient Hawaiian chants, Pele is also known for her power, passion, jealousy, and capriciousness. In modern times, Pele has become the most visible of all the old gods and goddesses. Dwelling in the craters of the Big Island's Kilauea Volcano, she has been sending ribbons of fiery lava down the mountainside and adding new land around the southeastern shore almost continuously since 1983. Pele's siblings include deities of various types of wind, rain, fire, ocean wave forms, and cloud forms. Her home is believed to be the fire pit called Halemaʻumaʻu crater, at the summit caldera of Kīlauea, one of the Earth's most active volcanoes; but her domain encompasses all volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. This portrait of Pele by artist, historian Herb Kawainui Kāne is displayed in the Jaggar Museum on the west rim of the Kilauea's summit caldera in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park overlooking the Halemaʻumaʻu crater.

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI - MAY 15: People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater 'has raised the potential for explosive eruptions' at the volcano. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, HI - MAY 15: People watch at a golf course as an ash plume rises in the distance from the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island on May 15, 2018 in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey said a recent lowering of the lava lake at the volcano's Halemaumau crater 'has raised the potential for explosive eruptions' at the volcano. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Even closer view of Halema'uma'u crater

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Even closer view of Halema'uma'u crater

Gotta love that telephoto zoom. No way I was walking up there.

Closer view of Halema'uma'u Crater

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Closer view of Halema'uma'u Crater

Thurston Lava Tube

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Thurston Lava Tube

This lava tube was formed over 300 years ago, so there's no molten lava here, The color is from the lights. That's the way I remember it, so I decided not to correct it. The area surrounding the lava tube has lush vegetation.

Kilauea Halema'uma'u crater at night (2015)

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Kilauea Halema'uma'u crater at night (2015)

Prior to the 2018 eruption, this crater was much more impressive after dark. Since the end of that eruption there is no lava flow or glow on Hawaii Island and the floor of this crater collapsed.

Not too surprisingly, I decided to pay attention to the sign.

Holei Sea Arch

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Holei Sea Arch

This arch is estimated to be about 500 years old. It is constantly being pounded by waves, so it won't last forever.

Kilauea Halema'uma'u crater after dark (2015)

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Kilauea Halema'uma'u crater after dark (2015)

I cropped this photo to a pano in order to try to duplicate a photo I saw on the Hawaii Volcanoes NP website. The site for each National Park is headed with a photo in this format and one time when I went to the site I saw a photo that looked a lot like mine. Of course, they cycle photos and now they have something different. But for a while I could show off a photo that looked like the "Official" national park photo.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island

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Life after Lava

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Life after Lava

Keanakako'i crater

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Keanakako'i crater

Devil's Throat

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Devil's Throat

Devil's Throat is a 165 foot (50 meters) deep pit crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii.

Keanakako'i crater

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Keanakako'i crater

Plant on edge of Devil's Throat

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Plant on edge of Devil's Throat