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Lava Tree State Park

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Address: Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-974-6200

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Quick walk through geological sculptures

What an interesting place. The scale and gravity of what happened when the lava flowed through this area is so apparent when walking amongst the crazy lava trees. We took the easy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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Mobile, Alabama
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It was apparent as we traveled Highway 132 East from the Pahoa Bypass Road that the beautiful canopied trees took a huge hit from last year's Hurricane. We were later told that the residents pulled together to clean up much of the destruction, many of the downed trees used for surfboards. As a Gulf Coast resident, I can surely feel... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

What an interesting place. The scale and gravity of what happened when the lava flowed through this area is so apparent when walking amongst the crazy lava trees. We took the easy paved loop through the whole park and spent 30-45 minutes there enjoying the total peace and quiet and remote beauty of the forest. Lots of beautiful ferns and... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The best thing about Lava Tree was the lavatories which we used after going to the tidal pools. Not amazing lavatories, but better than a portaloo. The trees themselves are interesting, but the site is overgrown and really nothing spectacular to look at.

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Tacoma, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I like lava fields and formations, but I did not think that these Lava Trees were that interesting. It was a very nice walk around, and I learned a lot about the flora and fauna from the signs. It appears to be a well maintained park with ample parking and clean rest rooms.

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Olympia, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nice park for meander through flora. Several places of covered seating just off main path for quiet, alone time. Clean bathrooms.

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Just over two and a half miles makai (toward the sea or in this case southeast) from Pāhoa, on Pāhoa-Kapoho Road, you will find Lava Tree State Monument. This is a very interesting spot, where lava flowed through a forest of ʻōhiʻa lehua trees in 1790, leaving behind lava molds of the trucks that still stand as the trees had... More 

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Coffs Harbour, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

We gave up after 3 attempts to find it. Where is the signage? After trying to approach the park from every conceivable direction we just couldn't find it!

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Evansville, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

good quiet walk around the gardens,sadly there is not much left to look at since last yrs Hurricane came through. Even the canopy trees along the main road suffered catastrophic damage.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The storm has felled a lot of the trees but it's still beautiful. I was expecting something different, but it was still interesting to look at and a pleasant walk suitable for all abilities. You probably won't spend more than an hour here, so don't go out of your way to see it, but it's worth the stop. Note: it's... More 

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Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I wasn't expecting a lot, but it was really a pretty park. I enjoyed the foliage and no crowds. Didn't walk the full nature trail as it was drizzling. Wish I did. There was a sign to the entrance.

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