Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park
P.O. Box 52
Hawai`i National Park, HI 96718-0052
WELCOME to Hawai�i Volcanoes
Hawai�i Volcanoes National Park displays the
results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution --
processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with
unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture.
The park highlights two of the world's most active
volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and
views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Places to Picnic:
- Hilina Pali Overlook
- Holei Sea Arch
- Mauna Loa Lookout
Over 300 archeological sites have been discovered
in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. These sites can be found from the
coastal lowlands to the alpine zone. Click on the links below for
detailed information on some of these sites.
Caves within Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are
predominately lava tubes, although there are other types of subterranean
voids including sea caves, earth cracks, pit craters, volcanic vents,
rift magma chambers, caves caused by inflation of lava sheets, and tree
casts. Associated with many of these features are sensitive resources
that include invertebrates, cultural remains, paleontological deposits,
and unusual geologic formations.
Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube) is open every day to
the public. Pua Po'o, another lava tube cave, is open to the public only
through pre-arranged Ranger led tours every Wednesday. Please call the
Visitors Center for reservations. Due to the sensitive and fragile
nature of cave resources all other caves within the Park are closed to
the general public as well as Park staff not involved in the direct
management of the caves.
Approved research permits are required for those
interested in doing research in caves as well as for interpretive or
The Cultural Landscapes Inventory (CLI) is a
comprehensive inventory of all historically significant landscapes
within the National Park System. This evaluated inventory identifies and
documents each landscape's location, physical development, significance,
National Register of Historic Places eligibility, condition, as well as
other valuable information for park management.
Inventoried landscapes are listed on, or eligible
for, the National Register of Historic Places, or otherwise treated as
cultural resources. Click on the links below for detailed information on
some of Hawai'i Volcanoes documented landscapes.
Nature and Science Overview
Well-known for its volcanic significance, Hawai'i
Volcanoes National Park is also one of the most fascinating biologic
landscapes in the world. Located over 2,000 miles from the nearest
continental land mass, the Hawaiian Archipelago is the most
geographically isolated group of islands on Earth. The Park sits on the
southeastern edge of the youngest and largest island at a latitude of
Stretching from the summit of Mauna Loa at 13,677
feet to sea level, the Park protects a wide diversity of ecosystems and
habitat for numerous native Hawaiian species such as carnivorous
caterpillars, happy face spiders and colorful Hawaiian honeycreepers.
Hawaiian plants and animals began to evolve over
70 million years ago in nearly complete isolation and over 90% of the
native terrestrial flora and fauna in Hawai'i are found only in the
This level of endemism surpasses all other places
on Earth� even the Galapagos Islands. Consequently, the Park is a
fantastic laboratory for the study of biogeography and evolution within
the Pacific Islands.
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