Must-Do Hikes in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Hotels near the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park provide access to more than 150 miles of scenic trails. From rare species to steaming volcanoes and other geological features, there is much to discover on hikes through the park:
Kahuku Unit Guided Hikes
Hawaiian traditions are as rich as the volcanic soil in the area near Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Cabins. Special guided hikes through the 116,000 acre park showcase singular plants and animal species. You will learn about the symbiotic relationship between this volatile environment and local Kahuku ranching history and traditions. Typically hikes last three hours and explore a variety of landscapes, from meadows to lava fields.
Daily Ranger hikes take you to the heart of the Hawaiian landscape. For instance you will learn about and explore the Pu'u Loa Petroglyphs, some 23,000 spiritual carvings spread across a lava field. The glyphs are around 500 years old. Spot circles, anthropomorphic shapes and canoes are among these lprimitive drawings. Other guided walks focus on the eruptions and the mythology that swirls around the crater of Kilauea Volcano like smoke.
Stewardship at the Summit
Come and help the park stay healthy by cutting the intrusive Himalayan ginger plant where it infringes on the park's trails. Hikes begin at the Kilaueau Visitor Center, following the Halem'auma'u Trail for about a mile before you arrive at the Kilauea Caldera. The elevation change is about four hundred feet.
Best Outdoor Adventures in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Stroll through volcanic landscapes at altitudes of over a thousand feet. Gaze out on steaming plains. Traverse ancient lava tubes. The fascinating geology of the park supplies plenty of outdoor adventures. Here are some of most impressive experiences that can be experienced with Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Cabins.
Pedal through lush rainforests and dormant craters, discover endangered plants and secret archaeological sites. The Mauna Loa Road allows you to cycle through grasslands, lava fields and koa groves at an altitude of 13,677 feet. In some areas of the park, you can climb 3,000 feet within six miles, so be prepared for a workout.
Crater Rim Drive Tour
On this spectacular route you can stop off at Kilauea Overlook to see the Kilauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater. Next, explore sulphur banks and steam vents which overlook a treeless plain. Don't miss the Thurston Lava Tube at Nahuku, an illuminated tunnel of rock surrounded by bright birds and red ohi'a blossoms.
Chain of Craters Road
As its name suggests, the island's craters are nodes on this arterial road. From the Lua Manu Crater, continue past the Hilina Pali Road to see the Pauahi Crater and the remarkable Maunu Uli Flow. A three mile fissure opened here, transforming a once thick forest into the present cinder field. Don't forget to visit the Holei Sea Arch, a stunning 550 year old formation that looks as through the land were dipping a toe into the turquoise sea below.
Best Family Activities in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park
Gaze into the scorching inferno of a simmering volcano. Learn about wildlife beneath the stars. Engage with Hawaiian traditions. Your family will never forget the adventures you can have when you stay in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Cabins. Don't miss:
This museum will satisfy ardent volcanologists, or transform you into one. See seismographs and melted equipment and enjoy a sheltered view of the caldera as you learn about the world's most active volcanoes.
Ike Hana No'eau Program
Experience traditional Hawaiian life through a variety of special park programs. Take part in children's events like 'Ohana Day' and 'Junior Ranger Day'. Hear 'Heavenly Voices' concerts featuring world class musicians and halau. Learn traditional crafts at Ike Hana No'eau days.
Walk Into the past at the Whitney Vault, a subterranean observatory full of seismographic equipment. A living history actor in period costume reanimates the spirit of Thomas A. Jaggar, the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. The MIT Head of Geology aided in the prediction of geological hazards worldwide. The seismic force of his contribution is still reverberating today.
After Dark in the Park Shows
Your family will be awestruck by the exciting after-dark events at the Kilauea Visitor Center Auditorium. Conservation experts give presentations on the park's colorful wildlife, ecology and geology. You'll learn about saving rare species and delve into the hidden secrets of this spectacular nature preserve.
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