Sunday Walk in the Park – AUGUST

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends to share in the park’s beautiful trails.

This month’s five-hour, four-mile hike will explore the scenery, plants, birds, and geology of the subalpine zone of the Mauna Loa Trail. “Sunday Walk in the Park” is free for Friends  members, and non-members are welcome to join our nonprofit organization in order to attend.  Join botanist Tim Tunison for a Sunday of exploration.

Registration is required – FREE to Friends’ Members



NPS Pua Po‘o Lava Tube Tour – September 7, 2016


Puapo‘o Lava Tube is almost as large and open as Thurston Lava Tube (Nāhuku). Hikers will need to climb down a 15 foot (4.6 m) ladder into the tube, scramble over large, loose and slippery rocks and walk over uneven terrain with minimal light while in the lava tube. Hikers will also need to walk in a crouched position for about 25 feet (8 m) under a low, 4-foot (1.2 m) ceiling. The tube exit requires a fairly difficult climb/scramble up a pile of boulders.

This NPS tour is approximately 2 – 3 hours in duration.  For an in-depth (all day) exploration that includes lunch, commemorative coin and Certificate of Completion, check out our Wild Caves Exploration Institute brought to you by the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute.


Required items:

  1. Long pants – No shorts or Capris will be allowed
  2. Hiking boots or completely enclosed shoes – No sandals or open-toe shoes will be allowed
  3. Water – 1 to 2 quarts/person
  4. Flashlights

Notes: You will be turned away if you are missing any of the above items. There is nowhere within 30 miles of the park to acquire longs pants and hiking boots. Refunds will not be given due to missing items listed above.

Optional, but highly recommended items:

  1. Lightweight rain jacket – we will be hiking through the rainforest.
  2. Long sleeved shirt – Pua Po‘o may be wet and cold
  3. Camera – no tripods or selfie sticks will be allowed
  4. Snacks


  1. Helmets
  2. Gloves
  3. Headlamps


All visitors will be required to park at the Kīlauea Iki Overlook and walk 0.5 miles to Nāhuku by the start of the program. This is to alleviate parking congestion at Thurston Lava Tube parking area. Note: Only visitors with confirmed paid reservations will be allowed to go on the hike. Entry into this cave is by reservation only

Visit Puapo‘o Lava Tube Tour page for full details

Kilauea Military Detainment Camp- WWII History Tour

Na Mea Kanu o Ka Hula (Plants of Hula) walk to Kilauea overlook

Na Mea Kanu o Ka Hula (Plants of Hula) walk to Kilauea overlook – 11am

Exploring Geology along the Rim of Kilauea Caldera – 11am

Exploring Geology along the Rim of Kilauea Caldera

Hawaiian Adze Production – ADA friendly

The Sounds and Colors of Kipukapuaulu

Bug Me at Kipukapuaulu