My oh my, what a beautiful place to explore at anytime of the year. Lot’s of hikes and walks for all ages.
The Kīlauea volcano is the most active volcano in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world and is seen by millions of tourists each year. This makes it the most visited attraction in Hawaii and the most visited volcano in the world. Check out this video from the National Park Service.
Things to do.
- Kilauea visitor center
- Jaggar museum + Halema’uma’u crater overlook
- Kilauea’iki crater
- Thurston lava tube
- Chain of Craters road
- Day hikes in the park.
- Volcano art center
One of my favorite day hikes was experiencing a lava landscape from the 1969-1974 called the Mauna Ulu flow. You walk by lava tree molds and climb 210 feet (64m) to the top of a forested cinder cone, Pu‘u Huluhulu (hairy hill). Your view of Mauna Ulu’s steaming sheild, which is similar to the now active Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō cone in the distance and on a clear day you can see Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and the Pacific Ocean.
Pāhoehoe and ‘a‘ā lava, kīpuka (old land surrounded by new land), lava tree molds, cinder cones, lava rampart, native pioneer plants and trees and panoramic vista.
- Difficulty: Moderate – Most of the route is easy, but includes a 1/4 mile steep climb up Pu‘u Huluhulu cone.
- Distance and hiking time: 2.5 miles (4.0km) roundtrip, Approximately 2.0 – 3.0 hours.
- Distance from Visitor Center to trailhead: 7 miles (11.3km) to Mauna Ulu parking area.
- Trail Begins: Approximately 100 yards (91.4m) from the Mauna Ulu parking area. Ahu (stacked rocks) mark the trail across the lava flows. Please do not disturb them or build new ones. Stay on the trail.
This is a must see if coming to the Big Island.