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“Danger in the Lurking” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Imperial, Missouri
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“Danger in the Lurking”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I absolutely loved touring the geological formations of Volcanoes National Park from a helicopter. However, it was not until we were hovering over the crater of molten rock that I realized should an equipment failure occur, and the pilot was forced to land, we would surely die. That thought made the hike on land seem very appealing. It's amazing that for miles and miles you see
baron smoldering land that cannot anything, then suddenly you're in the Hawaiian jungle. The visitor center has a lot of information, and in the evening you can view the activity from the craters. If you want to get up close and personal with the volcano, the best way to view the park is by air.

Visited March 2014
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“Simply Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Visited the lava tube - a tunnel created by lava flow. This was simply amazing. The short hike to the tube was also interesting as we got to hike through the rainforest and observed some unique tropical plants and wild flowers.

Can be chilly with slight showers. Hence, a wind breaker will be handy.

Visited the Visitors' Centre with a clear view of the crater which still has lava. The centre's museum was quite resourceful as well.

Visited August 2014
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“Above and beyond our expectations!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My family and I visited the park in August, and we blown away by the variety of attractions available!

The Kilauea Visitor Center was our first stop, where the rangers informed us of the best and most exciting locations to visit. The staff was very friendly and helpful, giving us effective and up-to-date info that allowed us to truly make the most of our day.
We began by visiting the Steam Vents, from which hot steam was spewing continuously - very impressive!
Our path continued with a visit to the Thomas H. Jagger Museum, which is located on the edge of the Halema'uma'u crater, providing the best available view of the Kilauea volcano itself. From it, hot gases were rising up to the sky, making for a formidable sight. The overlook gave us excellent perspective and orientation of the park.
We then passed through the Thurston Lava Tube, which was surprisingly brief but interesting to see. The hike was a short one (0.6 mile loop trail), through a rainforest area.

The afternoon was spent driving along the Chain of Craters Road, a 61 km loop that descends 1,128 m to the coast. Pit stop along the way allow you to observe several craters of various shapes and sizes. Various lava flows (from 1969 to 1974) can be traced snaking down the mountain, covering wide areas in barren, black igneous rock.
At the bottom of the trail, saw the Holei Sea Arch, a cliffside formation featuring a natural "arch" of rock. The road ends where a 2003 lava flow covered to road. We were able to onto the rock, and see a buried road sign interred in stone. What an amazing experience it was, standing on rock only 11 years old!

We returned after dark to the Jagger Museum, and were able to see the massive red glow of the gases rising from the lava within the Kilauea volcano! It was the most impressive and exciting event of the day - the size of the fumes was mesmerizing, and it truly gave perspective on how active the volcano is.

Overall, a 10/10 experience!

Visited August 2014
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“Erupting Volcanoes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Gigantic National Park. Well set up for viewing, hiking, easy walking, learning and eating. Loved the visitors center and the free guided tour. Beautiful landscape. Has a lava tube that you can go in (go in it!). Very crowded because it is so popular. Don't miss this - it is worth the drive from Kona (it's closer to Hilo)

Visited September 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Couldn't get enough of this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Everything about this park is excellent. If you decide to hike some of the trails, be sure to stop at the visitor center and get the guide books -- only $2 each.

Once you've paid your fee you can reenter several times over a month period. My husband and I went every night to see the crater glow and also see the Milky Way overhead. Just awesome. If you go later in the evening, there are fewer crowds to see the lava glow. The park is open 24 hours.

Visited July 2014
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