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Lava Tree State Park

Address: Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-974-6200
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Ranked #4 of 7 Attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Type: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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Seattle, Washington
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Not very interesting - after the August Cyclone, the park is still filled with downed trees, and you can't walk the path.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

This little park preserves a number of examples (about 40 in all) of former trees which have been engulfed by lava. which then subsided, leaving an upstanding shell of lava around the former tree trunk. As a publicly-accessible example of one of the many manifestations of the interaction of lava with the landscape, this is unique on the Big Island... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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356 reviews 356 reviews
250 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

No sign at the entrance so drove right buy it. doubled back and found it. The majority of the park is closed due to hurricane damage The area that was open and is very green and lush.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The park is an unmarked turn off the highway. More than half is closed due to storm damage. The lava trees are interesting and might be worth a visit if you're already in the area, but I wouldn't drive from anywhere farther away then Pahoa for them.

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sf bay area
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Park is officially closed due to the August, 2015 hurricane damage, but you can still have a quick stop to see several of these curious and unique lava trees near the parking lot with several educational signs still standing. It's hard to find because the road and park signs have been taken down to deter people from visiting, just look... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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133 reviews 133 reviews
77 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I would like to report on my experience visiting the park, but can only report on driving by. Couldn't find it. Apparently, it is closed, so I guess that explains it.

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Brisbane, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
72 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 via mobile

Would have been a lot more interesting if we could have completed the 1 mile walk around the Lava Tree monument park, however, it was mainly shut off from the public with orange fencing with signs that suggested you keep to the path as there were sinkholes off the path. Most of the path has been devastated by a Hurricane... More 

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Pahoa, Hawaii
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Until I went to Hawaii, I had no idea what a lava tree was and until you see one, it won't make any sense to hear about it. Just go and see ancient lava casts of once living trees. Not being a geologist, I can't give you any more details than that.

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Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
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112 reviews 112 reviews
13 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Due to a Hurricane the park is badly damaged and is closed. We could sneak in and have seen that mother nature did not leave much behind. Fallen trees were all over the place and some of the tree molds were destroyed. Restrooms were still operational.

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Canton of Fribourg, Switzerland
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115 reviews 115 reviews
78 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This state monument was well kept-up during our visit in June, and it was a nice place to stop to have lunch, which we'd packed and brought with us. Food isn't available for purchase there. Bring your own water, also, as it isn't available on site. A paved trail suitable for wheelchairs and strollers led from the parking lot in... More 

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