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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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77%
Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Pahoa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
72 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014 NEW 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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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108 reviews 108 reviews
72 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The rangers were very helpful. The hikes were varied from very challenging to easy. Make sure you visit the lookout after dark to see the glow of the lava. The walk to the steam vents was challenging and the lava tubs were easy. The restaurant at Lava House was excellent! Also make sure you go to the arts shop full... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

What a pity not to be able to check out this park - some of the largest trees we saw on the big island but many have been damaged and more have been felled due to cyclone damage. Maybe next time...

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Houston, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

We brought our son to see as we so enjoyed the walk amongst the Lava Trees last year. There were massive trees that were being cut down because they are invasive and an official told us they were afraid the trees might fall and harm the lava tress so the beautiful tree canopy was being cut down. The trees are... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Amazing lava formations set amongst a verdant forest. Be careful onto to leave valuables in your car. You may come back to smashed windows. This trek even grandma and the keikis can make without much effort.

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Hilo, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Sadly tropical storm Iselle (August 9,2014)brought down many trees leading to the park and in the park from what we could see from the road. The parking lot to the park was closed and there was still alot of foliage debris along the side of the road leading to the closed parking lot.

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Lava Tree State Park is pretty interesting. It is a short-30 minutes or so-hike on a paved trail loop that takes you past many casts of tree trunks that were overrun by lava. The lava coats the tree trunk and burns out the tree leaving casts up to 10-12 feet tall. It is surrounded by jungle and I actually saw... More 

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