Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park encompass the summits and rift zones of Kilauea and Mauna Loa, two of the world’s most active volcanoes. Kilauea has been in nearly continuous eruption since 1983, while Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984. The park draws more than 1.3 million visitors annually, making our national park the #1 natural attraction in the state.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, which inspires the support and stewardship of the Friends, consists of 333,086 acres encompassing a spectacular array of environments ranging from the shoreline to the 13,677′ summit of Mauna Loa. With over half of its lands designated as wilderness, the park is a showcase for Hawai’i’s unique natural, archeological, and cultural landscapes.
Kilauea Summit is located at 4,000’ elevation, where temperatures may be 12 to 15 degrees cooler than at sea level. Come prepared for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.
Park Location & Hours
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is located on Hawai‘i, The Big Island. The park entrance is located off of Highway 11 between mile markers 28 and 29. Approximate drive time from Hilo is 45 minutes (30 miles) and from Kailua-Kona is 2.5 hours (96 miles). The park entrance is open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
The park’s Kahuku Unit is located off of Highway 11 between mile markers 70 and 71. Kahuku is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., except for the first Saturday of each month (when it is closed).
For more info, visit the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/havo/