Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers wonderful places to visit. Jaggar Museum is open daily from 10:00am to 7:30pm and Kilauea Visitor Center opens from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
While visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, make sure to see the active eruption at Halema’uma’u crater. During the daytime, you’ll see the geologic phenomena of a caldera within a caldera within a caldera. After dark, you will be treated to the red-orange glow of live lava. Viewing of Halema’uma’u crater can be done from the outdoor observation deck next to Jaggar Museum. Other viewing areas of the crater can be found along the Crater Rim Trail as well as Kilauea Iki parking lot. There are many great hiking trails to explore in the park and ranger-guided programs which start at both Jaggar Museum and Kilauea Visitor Center.
Some of our favorite trails and hikes in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park would be Kilauea Iki, Pu’u Huluhulu, Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs, Devastation trial and Kipuka Puaulu. Be sure to bring sun screen, water, hat, and a jacket or poncho in case of rain. Good walking shoes are recommended, however. If you are planning on a more difficult hike, hiking boots would probably be better to wear. Most trails are well marked and easy to follow although you still need to watch your footing with loose lava rocks underfoot. If you are planning a back-country hike overnight, you will need a permit and must register no more than a day before your trip.
If you have little ones, the Junior Ranger Program is wonderful for families with children up to the age of 12 years. This program is offered at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park as well as National parks throughout the United States.
For more information, please contact Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at 808-985-6000.