Plan your Visit to
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
A Truly Unique Experience
The national park service works diligently to preserve these parks for future generations. Many national parks have unique geological features, but none have the unique qualities that can be found within the 323,431 acres of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was established in 1916 and since that time it has been enticing almost 2 million visitors each year.
When to go
January – February – March – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November – December
Stunning Vistas – Hiking – Family – Scenic Drives – Day Trip – Biking
Some national parks have their share of geological phenomenon, but it was at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that the study of seismic activity first appeared. The man that started it all was Thomas Jagger and his influence on how scientists work to predict possible eruptions came directly from his study of the two volcanoes, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. His lab is still available for tours today along with a personal tour guide that is dressed in period clothing from the time of the establishment of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The tour is called A Walk into the Past and should not be missed by anyone visiting the park.
People visit national parks for a wide variety of different reasons. Some wish to experience the wild nature of the past while others simply want to see something unique and different, but education is not always at the top of the list when you choose to travel to one of the national parks. Hawaii is full of culture and that culture can be experienced at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learning is on the menu.
Ike Hana No’eau is a program that allows visitors to experience the culture of Hawaii in a hands-on way. Visitors are engaged in crafts and artwork that depict the traditional values of Hawaii and its people. The other experience that visitors will not want to miss is Na Leo Manu. This concert experience allows guests to have a firsthand experience with some of the finest traditional musicians that Hawaii has to offer. Both of these programs will give you that one of a kind experience that you have been searching for.
Help Out a Bit
Most national parks leave the maintenance up to the rangers that patrol the park, but many visitors want to find a way they can give back to the park and help preserve it. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you can give back through a program of stewardship. Guests help maintain the park by cutting down the Himalayan ginger that would otherwise completely entangle the area. It will give you a unique perspective on how the park is maintained and make you feel as though you have helped keep the park in working order.
Experiencing all the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has to offer cannot be fully appreciated by a simple hike through the wilderness. Although park rangers encourage exploration, they also have many opportunities for them to educate guests through guided tours. On these tours guests can experience the ultimate beauty of the area all while gaining a little knowledge from rangers that call Hawaii home and therefore are imbedded in its history. You will get more from a guided tour than just breathtaking photos.
Things to Know
If you are one of the millions that are lucky enough to experience Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you will want to know some things about your experience before you arrive. There is an entrance fee for all who enter the park, but do not worry about the budget because the onetime fee allows you to enter and leave the park for 7-days. The fees are $20 for a vehicle, $15 for a motorcycle, and $10 for an individual arriving on foot or non-motorized transportation.
Camping is permitted within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and there are two campgrounds to choose from. Fees at Namakanipaio Campground is $15 while Kulanaokuaiki Campground is only $10 per night. Namakanipaio Campground has amenities such as running water and available campfire pits, while Kulanaokuaiki Campground is more basic with no water available no fires are permitted. Backcountry camping is permitted, but campers have to follow strict regulations before heading into the wilderness. A permit is required for all backcountry campers.
When in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it is important to remember that the park still has two very active volcanoes and therefore park officials may close areas to public use from time to time. This is for the safety of guests and therefore obey all signs regarding any closures within the park. Closures can include specific park trails leading to and surrounding the summit of the volcanoes, but also may include roads that surround the area as well. Safety is and always should be your biggest concern when visiting any national park.