Kalapana

Kalapana, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Address, Phone Number, Kalapana Reviews: 4.5/5

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dcralle
Fair Oaks, CA6 contributions
Must see
Apr 2021
Seeing the Volcano is one of the main attractions on the island. It is so interesting to see and learn about the different eruptions.
Written April 22, 2021
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Cindy H
Alameda, CA1,551 contributions
Amazing!
Feb 2020
We drove all over exploring the area where the powerful lava flows took over. Some areas you can't drive and then other areas they repaired the road. No matter, seeing the devastation up close is very humbling of just how small we are. I wouldn't want to see it in its destructive form.
Written February 29, 2020
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Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,898 contributions
Amazing
Jan 2020
We went down to Kalapana to see were the lava had flowed. It is amazing that some houses were spared and other house have been rebuilt on the lava flow that took their other home. The road is gravel back here but it was good.
Written February 24, 2020
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Ronald M
Bangkok315 contributions
Power of nature!
Feb 2020
The two lava flow areas on the west end have roads across them to see the devastation and for the people to access what was once their homes, and new dwellings are being erected on top of the flows. Amazing and sad too. I am putting a picture of Isaac Hale Beach Park and the enormous lava flow showing how it cut off the Highway 137 and redid the park area. The roads are narrow and treacherous to the park, but well worth it for nature lovers.
Written February 15, 2020
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FaruqFaisel
Geneva, Switzerland102 contributions
Power of Mother Earth
Dec 2019
Came to Hawaii with my 23 year old daughter to celebrate end of the year. On the first day of the new year we went to the volcanoes. It made us humble to observe the power and energy of the mother earth.
Written January 3, 2020
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Michael B
Bellflower, CA19,669 contributions
Defiantly worth a visit, just to see how powerful nature is.
Jan 2019
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at Kalapana is defiantly worth a visit, just to see how powerful mother nature can be. We felt really sorry for all the people who lost their homes in 2018.
Today the cold Lava flow and black-sand beach is a tourist attraction, and gives it the look of being on another planet.
Recommend you parked under the big tree in Kalapana, it’s one of the last standing next to Uncles Kitchen, (not on Wednesday as its market day) . From here it’s about a 20minute walk to the black sand beach over the lava field, to where you can watch the surf sweeping in from the ocean.
There is a lot of interesting memorials scattered all over the lava flow, even an abandoned motor car. Slowly greenery and flowers are breaking through the black volcanic surface.
TIP: Be careful when exploring the lava area, the land is still unstable and may cave in.
Written December 23, 2019
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happy4travel
Northern California1,290 contributions
Lava and Gorgeous!
Apr 2019
The reason we go to Hawaii. Unbelievable views, great atmosphere it’s definitely a must do. The staff is so friendly and welcoming. The dry lava was amazing!! Our entire family was mesmerized! The only bad thing was we left our tropical clothes back at the hotel! We’ll definitely that was a must do-over.
Written September 18, 2019
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Shrirambo
Lexington, MA45 contributions
Want to see the destruction of 2018 eruption - Take a ride on 137
Aug 2019
The first day we landed early and the rooms were not available, so we drove towards Kalapana and hardly anyone was on the road starting from Kaimu Beach Park. This is the road along the ocean and see the ocean from a cliff, but hardly any beaches. There was one with black sand and with a lots of ghost crabs, they hide very quickly. The drive was amazing and we stopped for coconut on the way sold by a nice couple from Connecticut on a truck. Not only coconuts, they also sell different kinds of fruits, from Mango to Pineapple, and it was a pleasure to try them out. Further up towards North on 137, the road keeps winding and one can start smelling sulphur with new roads, that's where you can see the 2018 lava flowing into the ocean, cutting across the road and forming new land. That was breathtaking and we heard that several houses were destructed along the way. More than the Volcano National Park, we liked this drive, as one can see how nature collides with nature and man made jungles. Hardly there was anyone on the road except for some locals, in their trucks, now and then. One can feel the beauty of nature and the tranquility.
Written August 21, 2019
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Jean-luc V
Tahiti, French Polynesia23 contributions
Lava filled ocean
Aug 2019 • Family
Unbelievable scenery, looks like you are walking on the moon. We walked all the way to the ocean (20 min walk). It s great to walk on the dried lava.
Written August 12, 2019
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Deborah L
Barrington, RI484 contributions
Gorgeous!
Jul 2019 • Family
This is the reason you go to Hawaii! There isn't any active lava in the park but it is worth going to the visitor center to learn about what happened a year ago and the impact it had on the residents. Simply amazing park.
Written July 28, 2019
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