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Holidays Lounge Reviews suggests that a trip to see Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a popular tourist Attraction, which encompasses two active volcanoes. One is Kilauea, which one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The other is Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano.
Kilauea volcano is almost always erupting while Mauna Loa has erupted 33 times and its last eruption was in 1984. The latter covers around half of the island of Hawaii. The Park’s attractions include the following top spots and sights, among many of its amazing features and activities:
- Overlooking the Halema’uma’u crater (Jaggar museum) – the crater is the center of activity at Kilauea volcano.
- Thurston lava tube – also known as Nahuku, can be found under a gorgeous rainforest canopy, the remains of a gigantic river of lava.
- Kilauea Iki Crater – this lava lake has solidified, but portions of it are still steaming.
- Chain of Craters Road – this route stretches 18 miles, and part of it traverses the park. It is spotted with craters of different shapes and sizes an indeed a unique experience.
Other areas of the park include:
1. The Kilauea Visitor-Center
which is usually open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, opening hours may change, so it’s best to consult the national park website for more accurate times. You can schedule guided tours in this section. You can learn more about the park by watching a video that introduces the park. The video runs for 25 minutes and is very helpful for both adults and children. At the visitor center, you can also get maps, learn about the different activities offered at the park as well as the latest eruption updates.
2. There are over ten “day hikes” that can be done inside the park.
Kīlauea Summit Trails:
- Ha’akulamanu (Sulphur Banks)
- Earthquake Trail & Waldron Ledge
- Halemauma Trail
- Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail
- KīlaueaIki Trail
- Devastation Trail
- Crater Rim Trail
- Keanak koʻi
3. The Volcano Art Center gallery
promotes the artistic and cultural heritage of Hawaii and its people. Here they feature various activities through traditional and contemporary visual arts, literary arts as well as performing arts.
Most of these activities are family-friendly. It is a great idea to spend a few days in the park since a single day will not be enough to experience most of the activities. Depending on the level of volcano activity, some areas or sights may be closed to the public.
There are also Junior Ranger programs that make park exploration fun for families who have children. Kids love the activities in the Junior Ranger booklets, and these let them enjoy the stops more. You can pick up these booklets from the Visitor Center.
Aside from the significant stops and sights, there are also fun areas where you can enjoy steam vents. Make sure to be careful because these can get very hot. A famous photo op spot is the Holei Sea Arch which can be seen from a viewing area. The arch is the product of wave erosion and is sure to collapse eventually so don’t miss the chance for a photo souvenir.
The Hawaii National Volcanoes Park is a must-see whenever you are in Hawaii. Not too many people take the time to stop and explore the place. If you the time, spend a few days and experience the majesty of Hawaii’s natural treasures – the volcanoes, suggests Holidays Lounge Reviews.