Halema'uma'u Crater Erupts at SunsetHawai'i Volcanoes National Park

"It was like gazing at the sun at noon-day, except that the glare was not quite so white. At unequal distances all around the shores of the lake were nearly white-hot chimneys or hollow drums of lava, four or five feet high, and up through them were bursting gorgeous sprays of lava-gouts and gem spangles, some white, some red and some golden--a ceaseless bombardment, and one that fascinated the eye with its unapproachable splendor. The mere distant jets, sparkling up through an intervening gossamer veil of vapor, seemed miles away; and the further the curving ranks of fiery fountains receded, the more fairy-like and beautiful they appeared." – Mark Twain, upon hiking into Kīlauea Caldera, 1866

"I am heartily with you in the effort you are making to have Congress set aside 90 square miles on the Island of Hawaii as a national park, including the world's greatest active volcanoes. In this matter, I shall do all in my power." - John Muir

"Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remains closed due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano." Read More from the National Parks Service.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

Many people make the mistake of not planning enough time in the Park when they visit the Big Island. This is an understandable mistake because Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is far from both Hilo and especially Kona, making day trips to and from the park difficult from the places most people stay. While understandable, this is a grave error in judgment. This Park is among the nation’s best with hundreds of miles of trails and a unique and constantly changing landscape. It is both a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Park is over 500 square miles large – almost half the size of Rhode Island – and over half of that is further protected as the Hawai’i Volcanoes Wilderness Area.


Flowing Pāhoehoe Lava

Nēnē Crossing


Halema'uma'u Crater Erupts at Night