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“View from Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Iki Hike, and Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs Hike”

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Reviewed May 27, 2018

Enjoyed checking out the caldera several times. We saw the lava lake the second two trips.

We hiked 4 miles on Kilauea Iki on a nice cloudy day. It was worth it.

Another hike that we enjoyed was near the end of the rim of craters road to Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

We visited the park on April 18 and April 19 and really enjoyed this place. Unfortunately it is now closed following the eruption of Kilauea. But I will write my review anyway for when it reopens, hoping the area won't be too damaged.

First of all if you want to visit the park you should buy the tri-park annual pass. You will pay 30$ instead of 25$ for a single visit, but you will have unlimited access for a full year and you will also have access to other park in Hawaii (Haleakala in Maui, Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park on Big Island, etc.) So it is definitely worth it.

Secondly, I suggest to plan two visits if you can. One after the sunset and one early in the day.

After the sunset you should go past the visitor center and keep going until you reach the Jaggar Museum at the end of the road. You will then have the best view of the red lava erupting from the volcano.

During the day, the view of the lava is less impressing, but you can hike multiple paths that will give you access to amazing views of the area. The Ha'akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) path was one we really liked, and we liked the Devastation Trail too. In fact, all the trails have their specific charm so you can't miss whatever which one you choose to do.

There is also a small Lava Tube that you can visit. It takes about 5-10 minutes to go from one side to the other. It is not as impressing as the Lava Tube you will find if you do Hana Road on the other island, but it is still interesting to do. If you decide to do the lava tube, I suggest going before the official opening (lights are turned on at 10h00). It will be less crowded and I find it more interesting to walk it in the dark, just using you phone flashlight to see were you step!

I really hope they will be able to re-open the park soon because it is one of the best attraction on Big Island.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 26, 2018

We were at the Volcanoes National Park when the lave began in the Culdara. We stood at the viewing area and watched in amazement as it bubbled and shot up lava. Then headed inside to walk through the museum and learned all about volcanos. So interesting. Then took a walk through the Thurston Lava Tube. The walk to the Lava Tube was through a rain forest, so beautiful then to stand inside this gigantic tube and imagine it full of flowing lava was incredible. We left the beautiful island of Hawiaii a few days later and the lava started flowing shortly after arriving home.
Something the ranger said while we were at the Park keeps coming back. We were talking about lava flows and where it goes. He said when lava starts to flow it goes where ever it wants, nothing stops it and it is impossible to permantly reroute it.
This keeps coming back as I see the results of the eruptions and lava flows going on now. The people of Hawaii are in my thoughts.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed May 24, 2018

Please advise travelers that Volcanoes National Park is closed until further notice due to the possibility of danger from an explosion in the Halemaumau fire pit. The information was current as of Monday, 21 May 2018.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed May 23, 2018

I was there last week for one of the big plume eruptions. Of course the park is closed now but there are two ways to view it. I found a place along Highway 11 about a mile west of the park entrance where there's a break in the trees. I pulled my car off the road and stood on the safe non-road side of the metal barrier and could clearly see the plume rising from the caldera. Amazing!! One park ranger was OK with this; another said move your 'okole (butt) or be cited. So take your chances if you wish. A great place to view it is from the Volcano Golf Club. If there's not a lot of other people there they were OK with using that as a vantage point. At one point there were so many people there that the local police asked everyone to leave. So a third option is driving from the golf course another half mile or so up the same road to Volcano Winery, where you can get a glass of one of their unique and tasty wines and sit outside and watch the plume. Wine and Armageddon make a neat combo. You will most probably be upwind from the plume here and quite safe. Of course all this applies to the plume and not the molten lava a few miles southeast of here, which you should NOT try to see. I stayed in Volcano and felt very safe, although the restaurants there were sadly empty.

Date of experience: May 2018
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