The geologic creation of the Hawaiian island chain, a timeless battle between the elemental forces of fire and water, is one of the world’s greatest natural history stories. There’s not a better place on earth to witness and understand the awesome nature of volcanoes than at Hawaii Volcanoes’ National Park.
Once at the park you’ll see splendid native rain forests, visit a lava tube, and discover remarkable volcanic formations and a splendid diversity of geography and climate. The largest and southernmost of the Hawaiian Islands is shaking, spitting and stretching as it slowly expands into the ocean.
The park contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world—Kilauea with its fire pit, called Halemaumau, and Mauna Loa with the active Mokuaweoweo crater on its summit.
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The park is home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes and a host of interesting and unique volcanic features available for you to explore. The park is located on the island of Hawaii about 30 miles from the City of Hilo and between 90 to 125 miles from Kailua-Kona (depending on your route). The park encompasses an area that stretches from the southeastern shore of Hawaii upwards to Kilauea Crater and the summit of Mauna Loa and then southwestward along the shoulder of Mauna Loa.
The weather is dominated by north-east trade winds. Windward mid-slopes receive a mean annual rainfall of 3,810 millimeters (mm), but leeward areas receive only 10% of that amount. Annual average temperatures range from 22°C at sea level to 7°C at 3,400 m. The summit of Mauna Loa is cooler still. Over half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.
Visit the official Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Website