Visiting Kilauea and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano National Park – 30-45min drive (full day or two/three days – plan 4-8hrs per visit – your park ticket is good for 7 days and free entry ater 7:30pm)
- Visit Volcanos National Park during day – Spend time at the visitors center learning about Kilauea and planning your day (Don’t miss!)
- Walk the Steam Vents and Sulphur Banks along the north rim of Kilauea. You can reach the Steam Vents via the Crater Rim trail starting from the Visitors Center or the Volcano House, or drive to and park at Steam Vents. The Sulphur Banks trail starts across the road from the Steam Vents and ends back at the Visitors center. (Don’t miss!)
- Hike the Halema’uma’u Trail descending thru the rainforest down to the Kilauea crater floor. 1.8m round trip, descends 450ft. (If you’re able and up to it, Don’t miss)
- View the Halema’uma’u Crater in Kilauea Caldera from most vantage points around the Kilauea rim.
- Walk thru Thurston Lava Tube. (Don’t miss!)
- Hike the Kilauea Iki Trail if you’re up for a moderately steep but very tropical hike down into the Kilauea Iki crater and back up.
- Walk the Devastation Trail loop trail and view the Kilauea crater from the south rim vantage point (a favorite vantage point!) and see the Keanakakoi Crater along the way
- Hike the Manu Ulu Shield Cone / Pu’u Hulahula loop and see the amazing landscape created by the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu Flow. 2 mi round trip walk with a 1/4mi hike up the Pu’u Hula-hula cinder cone, if you aren’t able to walk/hike to and up Pu’u Hulahula you can just view the incredible 1969 fissure and Tephra Field just to the right of the trailhead a short walk from the parking area (Don’t miss!)
- Drive the Chain of Craters Road and stop and visit all the incredible past eruption vents & craters (Don’t miss!)
- Walk out to the ancient Hawaiian Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs, off the Chain of Craters Road an easy 1.5mi round trip walk.
- View the Holei Sea Arch at the end of the Chain of Craters Road
- Stay till dark (or return in evening) to view the Halemauma’u Lava Lake and active eruption. Viewing conditions change daily, but as of December 2021 the eruption continues and is spectacular to view at night. There are currently several vantage points around the Kilauea Caldera to see the eruption directly. The best vantage point currently (as of Dec 2021) is Keanakako’i Overlook. Bring cameras and binoculars. We recommend to park at the Devastation Trail Head Parking lot, head past the restrooms and walk out to the Keanakako’i Overlook. It’s about a mile walk to the overlook from the parking lot. Map (Don’t Miss, maybe one of the coolest things to see on the planet!) The park has also created a great new website for the eruption with viewing tips and maps.
- Lunch or Dinner at Volcano House Rim Restaurant. Halema’uma’u Kilauea Caldera view during the daylight hours. Reservations at least several days in advance are usually required for Rim Restaurant. Request a view table. If seating or reservation at Rim Restaurant is unavailable try Uncle Georges also in the Volcano house, casual bar/restaurant with same view as Rim.
- Wine Tasting at Volcano Winery https://volcanowinery.com – 35 Piimauna Dr, Volcano, HI 96785 – Fantastic Hawaii inspired wines and fruit wines, many blended with local Jaboticaba Berries. Tell them Mike and Bo from Pali Hale sent you.
- On your way or back, make a stop at Koana Coffee for specialty coffees and chocolate – voted by Food & Wine Magazine, 2022 best coffee shop in the state of Hawaii. Koana is half way between Pali Hale and Volcanoes National Park – 18-1325 Old Volcano Road, Mountain View, Hawaii 96771 – Open till 2:30pm M-SA (808) 209-4432