We drove through a beautiful, paradise rain forest to the Kīlauea Visitor Center. This is a great place to plan your visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. You can also find out where you can safely view the volcanoes both inside and outside the park.
Kileauea Visitor Center
The visitor center presents an informative overview of the environmental, historical, and cultural features of the park. Exhibits give information about island formation, ecosystems, invasive species , and resource protection. A 25-minute film about geology and volcanism, “Born of Fire, Born of Sea”, is shown throughout the day, Trail and lava viewing conditions can change rapidly so check with the park rangers at the center for the latest information. Overnight visitors must register here and permits are issued on a first-come basis.
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The Kīlauea Visitor Center has a lot of information about Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and volcanoes. This is where you plan your visit.
Planning a brief visit? Drive the 11-mile crater rim
1 – 2 hours – See these first
- Steam Vents
- Thomas A. Jaggar Museum
- Thurston Lava Tube
2 – 4 hours – Add these
- Sulphur Banks
- Devestation Trail
- Kilauea Iki Overlook
Spending 4 hours or more? Add these to your park tour
- Drive the Chain of Craters Road
- Hike amazing trails
There are two displays suggesting what you should see while you are visiting Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
Look around. This is one of the places you can see a nēnē, the endangered Hawaiian goose.
It is a good idea to stop here when you enter Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.
The volcanos are active, so things change all the time. The park rangers will give you current information on the roads and trails in the park. They also have a schedule of activities and tours you might be interested in.
Mauna Loa means Long Mountain
Everywhere in the park you hear that Mauna Loa is the largest mountain on Earth. That is because it starts under the ocean. Only the very top is above water. That is how it is so much taller than any other mountain.