Best of Hawaiʻ i Volcanoes National Park

Adventuring to Hawaii Volcano National Park for the day and want to make sure you are doing and seeing everything spectacular? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Depending on how much time you have in the park, here is our Best of Hawaiʻ i Volcanoes National Park.

 

Waldron Ledge Overlook

Waldron Ledge Overlook is the best spot to view the Halemaumau Crater and current volcanic activity. This is what Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently known for and should not be missed.

For the best viewing, we highly recommend heading to the park in the early evening or morning hours. Cloudy weather could result in zero visibility, so check the weather conditions before you head up to Volcanoes National Park. Once you are there parking is conveniently located at the Visitors Center or at the Volcano House.

  • Duration: 15 minutes each way
  • Length: Less than 1.0 mile

Photo Credit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Iki Trail

Kīlauea Iki Trail is one of the most popular trails in the National Park due to the drastic change in the environment and terrain. The winding rainforest trail leads to the bottom of a massive crater that looks similar to the gateway of Mordor from Lord of the Rings. It is a great trail that is a little challenging, but is an awesome experience.

  • Duration: 1.5- 2 hours
  • Length: 3.0 miles

Thurston's Lava Tube

Thurston's Lava Tube: Take a short hike through a 500 year old lava tube! The trail also leads visitors though old growth rainforests, filled with rare native birds, many of which are endemic to Hawaii Island.

  • Duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Length: 0.4 miles

Byron’s Ledge Loop

Byron’s Ledge Loop: hike across Kīlauea Caldera and see the plume from the volcano on the crater floor. The trail leads into a beautiful misty rainforest, where you will be serenaded by native birds along the way.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Length: 3.2 miles

Volcano House Hotel

Volcano House Hotel Volcano House Hotel and Uncle George's Bar. The perfect place after a day of traversing the lush forest trails of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Connect with the grandeur of Kilauea Caldera while enjoying a relaxing cocktail and savory pupu at Uncle George's Bar. While you are there, be sure to order an Uncle George Hot Cocoa and enjoy the view of Halemaumau Crater.

Volcano Art Center Gallery

Volcano Art Center Gallery is a cozy and quaint gallery located in the old 1877 Volcano House Hotel. This location has served as the piko (navel) for Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) to draw cultural inspiration, renaissance, and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. The gallery supports well known local artists and up and coming talent, which is tastefully displayed in their themed art exhibits.

Photo Credit: Gallery – Volcano Art Center

Chain of Craters Road to Hōlei Sea Arch

Chain of Craters Road to Hōlei Sea Arch. Take a drive down the mountain and stop along the way to view a number of craters and old lava flows, many of which are marked with the year of the flow. Toward the end of the road you will be able to see the Hōlei Sea Arch, which ascends into the ocean. The arch was created from an ancient flow around 550 years ago and will one day disappear into the sea due to erosion.

Photo Credit: Hōlei Sea Arch (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Halemaʻumaʻu Steam Bluffs and Sulfur Bank

Halemaʻumaʻu Steam Bluffs and Sulfur Bank hike will take you along the sulfur banks and lead you to the steam vents that overlook Kīlauea Crater. Take a stroll and see part of the earth's evolution on this short but amazing geological trail.

Photo Credit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Length: 1.3 miles

Bird Park

Bird Park is located outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is an excellent trail for young children. Enjoy the sounds of native song birds as you travel through this magical forest loop trail. It is a relatively easy trail with minimal elevation gain.

Photo Credit: Upsplash

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Best of Hawaiʻ i Volcanoes National Park

Adventuring to Hawaii Volcano National Park for the day and want to make sure you are doing and seeing everything spectacular? Don’t worry, we have you covered. Depending on how much time you have in the park, here is our Best of Hawaiʻ i Volcanoes National Park.

 

Waldron Ledge Overlook

Waldron Ledge Overlook is the best spot to view the Halemaumau Crater and current volcanic activity. This is what Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is currently known for and should not be missed. For the best viewing, we highly recommend heading to the park in the early evening or morning hours. Cloudy weather could result in zero visibility, so check the weather conditions before you head up to Volcanoes National Park. Once you are there parking is conveniently located at the Visitors Center or at the Volcano House.

  • Duration: 15 minutes each way
  • Length: Less than 1.0 mile

Photo Credit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Iki Trail

Kīlauea Iki Trail is one of the most popular trails in the National Park due to the drastic change in the environment and terrain. The winding rainforest trail leads to the bottom of a massive crater that looks similar to the gateway of Mordor from Lord of the Rings. It is a great trail that is a little challenging, but is an awesome experience.

  • Duration: 1.5- 2 hours
  • Length: 3.0 miles

Thurston's Lava Tube

Thurston's Lava Tube: Take a short hike through a 500 year old lava tube! The trail also leads visitors though old growth rainforests, filled with rare native birds, many of which are endemic to Hawaii Island.

  • Duration: 15-30 minutes
  • Length: 0.4 miles

Byron’s Ledge Loop

Byron’s Ledge Loop: hike across Kīlauea Caldera and see the plume from the volcano on the crater floor. The trail leads into a beautiful misty rainforest, where you will be serenaded by native birds along the way.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Length: 3.2 miles

Volcano House Hotel

Volcano House Hotel Volcano House Hotel and Uncle George's Bar. The perfect place after a day of traversing the lush forest trails of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Connect with the grandeur of Kilauea Caldera while enjoying a relaxing cocktail and savory pupu at Uncle George's Bar. While you are there, be sure to order an Uncle George Hot Cocoa and enjoy the view of Halemaumau Crater.

Volcano Art Center Gallery

Volcano Art Center Gallery is a cozy and quaint gallery located in the old 1877 Volcano House Hotel. This location has served as the piko (navel) for Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) to draw cultural inspiration, renaissance, and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture. The gallery supports well known local artists and up and coming talent, which is tastefully displayed in their themed art exhibits.

Photo Credit: Gallery – Volcano Art Center

Chain of Craters Road to Hōlei Sea Arch

Chain of Craters Road to Hōlei Sea Arch. Take a drive down the mountain and stop along the way to view a number of craters and old lava flows, many of which are marked with the year of the flow. Toward the end of the road you will be able to see the Hōlei Sea Arch, which ascends into the ocean. The arch was created from an ancient flow around 550 years ago and will one day disappear into the sea due to erosion.

Photo Credit: Hōlei Sea Arch (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)

Halemaʻumaʻu Steam Bluffs and Sulfur Bank

Halemaʻumaʻu Steam Bluffs and Sulfur Bank hike will take you along the sulfur banks and lead you to the steam vents that overlook Kīlauea Crater. Take a stroll and see part of the earth's evolution on this short but amazing geological trail.

Photo Credit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Length: 1.3 miles

Bird Park

Bird Park is located outside of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and is an excellent trail for young children. Enjoy the sounds of native song birds as you travel through this magical forest loop trail. It is a relatively easy trail with minimal elevation gain.

Photo Credit: Upsplash

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