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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Hawai‘i Volcanoes NP Announces Entrance Fee-Free Days for 2019

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will waive its entrance fee on five days in 2019.

Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook & Parking Lot Closed to Protect NÄ“nÄ“

The Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook and parking lot are temporarily closed to protect breeding and nesting nÄ“nÄ“ (endangered Hawaiian geese) in the area.

Holiday Hours at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be open on Christmas Day (Tues., Dec. 25) and New Year’s Eve (Mon., Dec. 31), but Kīlauea Visitor Center, which opens daily at 9 a.m., will close at 2 p.m. both days

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Photos

Dubautia ciliolata seeds

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Dubautia ciliolata seeds

Na'ena'e (naenae), endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Part of the diverse silversword alliance that includes the silversword genera Argyroxiphium and Wilkesia in addition to Dubautia.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Full moon over lava lake in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park .Original from NASA. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Steam Vents

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Steam Vents

Steam vents at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

When you walked through the steam, there was a strong sulfur smell.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Steam Vents

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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park - Steam Vents

Steam vents at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

When you walked through the steam, there was a strong sulfur smell.

Hōlei Sea Arch Hawaii

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Hōlei Sea Arch Hawaii

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Ambrosia beetle hole in Acacia koa

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Ambrosia beetle hole in Acacia koa

Some koa trees that were killed by the wildfire on Mauna Loa Strip Road in August 2018 were seen to be covered with small, white projections coming out of the trunk. On examination, these turned out to be frass columns produced by beetles, probably in the family Scolytinae (bark beetles), which includes the gernera Xyloborus, Xyloboriunus, and Xylosandrus (ambrosia beetles). These beetles tunnel into the trees and push out the frass, which forms these stick-like projections on the trunk. Similar or the same beetles can attack ohia trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) that die from Rapid Ohia Death and can produce large amounts of frass that spread the disease to other trees.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Ambrosia beetle frass on Acacia koa

J. B. Friday posted a photo:

Ambrosia beetle frass on Acacia koa

Some koa trees that were killed by the wildfire on Mauna Loa Strip Road in August 2018 were seen to be covered with small, white projections coming out of the trunk. On examination, these turned out to be frass columns produced by beetles, probably in the family Scolytinae (bark beetles), which includes the gernera Xyloborus, Xyloboriunus, and Xylosandrus (ambrosia beetles). These beetles tunnel into the trees and push out the frass, which forms these stick-like projections on the trunk. Similar or the same beetles can attack ohia trees (Metrosideros polymorpha) that die from Rapid Ohia Death and can produce large amounts of frass that spread the disease to other trees.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Vaccinium reticulatum blue fruit

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Vaccinium reticulatum blue fruit

Usually ʻōhelo berries are red, but these ones growing on the Mauna Loa trail are blue.

Dodonaea regeneration and charcoal after Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

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Dodonaea regeneration and charcoal after Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

'A'ali'i is naturally regenerating in many burnt areas along Mauna Loa Strip Road three months after the August 2018 fire.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Burnt Acacia koa and grass regeneration after Mauna Loa Rd fire

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Burnt Acacia koa and grass regeneration after Mauna Loa Rd fire

In some areas non-native grasses such as meadow rice grass (Ehrharta stipoides) and kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) are regenerating in burnt areas three months after the fire and may be preventing establishment of native plants.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Acacia koa regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

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Acacia koa regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

Three months after the disastrous fire that destroyed thousands of acres of young koa forest along Mauna Loa Strip Road in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, millions of young koa seedlings are regenerating in some areas.

Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Pteridium aquilinum regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

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Pteridium aquilinum regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

The native kīlau (kilau) or bracken fern is regenerating instead of alien grasses in some areas three months after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire of August 2018. The black skeletons show that this area had been an 'a'ali'i (Dodonaea viscosa) thicket.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Dodonaea viscosa regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

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Dodonaea viscosa regeneration after the Mauna Loa Strip Road fire

'A'ali'i is naturally regenerating in many burnt areas along Mauna Loa Strip Road three months after the August 2018 fire.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Metrosideros polymorpha var. polymorpha

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Metrosideros polymorpha var. polymorpha

‘Ōhi ‘a lehua. The variety M. polymorpha var. polymorpha has pubescent (fuzzy) leaf undersides with curled leaf edges. It is typical of high elevation ‘ōhi‘a. Endemic to Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Hawaii Islands.

Mauna Loa Strip Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

Kalij Pheasant 2005 07 DSC_6524 HVNP Devestation Trail

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Kalij Pheasant 2005 07 DSC_6524 HVNP Devestation Trail

Kalij Pheasant, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Kalij Pheasant 2005 07 DSC_6517 HVNP Devestation Trail

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Kalij Pheasant 2005 07 DSC_6517 HVNP Devestation Trail

Kalij Pheasant, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii

Hawai’i ’Elepaio

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Hawai’i ’Elepaio

Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Some plants and animals seen on the Kipuka Puaulu trail

Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Some plants and animals seen on the Kipuka Puaulu trail

Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Kipuka Puaulu, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Some plants and animals seen on the Kipuka Puaulu trail