Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Overview

Located on the "big island" of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (est. 1916) contains two active volcanoes. Mauna Loa is the world's largest subaerial (surface-occurring) volcano, and Klauea is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Visitors experience incredible volcanic landscapes that roil and seethe and teach the young and old alike about the nature of earth's constant upheavals and the formation of islands like the Hawaiian chain.

Information

The Volcano Art Center curates an island-based art gallery and historical displays. Many hiking trails and guided ranger programs are available for touring the Klauea shield volcano. Be sure to visit the main visitor center just inside the park's entryway for maps and helpful information for exploring the park.

Price range

Individual passes, for those entering on foot, bicycle, or motorcycle, are $5 for seven days. Vehicle passes, for single, private, non-commercial vehicle and all of its passengers, are $10 for seven days. Hawai`i Tri-park Annual Passes are $25, and good for one year.

Best time to visit

The park is open 24 hours a day year-round, including all holidays.

Near by POI

The 5,600-square-foot Isaacs Art Center combines an art museum and a retail exhibition gallery in Waimea. The Onizuka Center for International Astronomy (Hale P?haku) supports the world-famous telescopes of the Mauna Kea Observatory.

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