Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Lodging & Dining

A variety of lodging and dining options are available at the park, including hotel rooms, cabins, and dining rooms with panoramic views. History of the Volcano House In 1846, Benjamin Pitman built the first Volcano House on the northeast side of the Kilauea Caldera. The thatched structure was specifically for visitor ...

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In A Nutshell

Park Entrance Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is located 30 miles (48 km) south of Hilo and 95 miles (153 km) east of Kailua-Kona on the island of Hawai'i. There is only one entrance, which is located off Highway 11, south of Hilo and east of Kailua-Kona. General Information The park is open ...

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Only A Day

The main feature of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is the 11-mile (18 m) Crater Rim Drive that circles Kīlauea's summit caldera. If you only have a few hours in the park, this is the trip for you. On the drive around the summit caldera, you will see sulphur and steam ...

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Pronun Guide

Hawaiian was not a written language until missionaries devised a 13-sound alphabet. Islanders were discouraged from speaking Hawaiian in public so it survived primarily through music. Today, this melodic language is better appreciated and is taught in schools. Consult a Hawaiian dictionary for more information. Pronunciation of Hawaiian Consonants p/k/h/l/m/n as in ...

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SCA Volunteers

Since 1957, volunteers from the Student Conservation Association (SCA), the nation's oldest and largest conservation service organization, have been joining the effort to preserve and manage our national parks and other public lands and resources. Each year, more than 3,000 high school students, college students and other adults volunteer ...

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Activities & Programs

Although Hawaiian tropical weather is fairly consistent year-round, there is some variation. Winters tend to be slightly wetter, summers slightly warmer, and precipitation and temperature vary according to location and time of year. Precipitation is always greater on the windward sides of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa. In the park, ...

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At Your Fingertips

Park Headquarters and Information (808) 985-6000 www.nps.gov/havo Emergencies 911 Camping Information (808) 985-6000 Dining, Lodging and Cabin Reservations (808) 967-7321 Eruption Update (808) 985-6000 Lost and Found (808) 985-6000 Special Services - (808) ...

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Camping at Hawaii Volcanoes

Park Campgrounds There are two drive-in campgrounds in the park. Nāmakanipaio is three miles (5 km) from the park entrance on Highway 11. N¯āmakanipaio has eating shelters, wheelchair-accessible rest-rooms and firepits. Firewood is not available at the campsite and it is illegal to collect firewood in the park, so you ...

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Did You Know : Expanded

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has been expanded six times to include rain forest and desert ...

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Hawaii Volcanoes History

The major inhabited Hawaiian Islands were formed during the past 5 million years by the intermittent outpouring of lava from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. According to the theory of plate tectonics, the island of Hawai'i sits on, and is almost in the middle of, the Pacific Plate, ...

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