Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

The park entrance is located less than a mile from the intersection of most Volcano Village streets with Highway 11. It is open 24 hours a day, with fee collection stations usually manned from about 7 a.m. to about 4 p.m., every day. If the fee station is not open, there are stations at which you may pay the fee to receive your parking receipt. Entrance fees are currently:
  • $25.00 per private non-commercial vehicle (capacity 15 or less) - 7 days
  • $12.00 per pedestrian or bicycle - 7 days
  • $20.00 per motorcycle - 7 days
  • $50.00 Hawai‘i Tri-park Annual Pass

Keanakakoi Crater

Keanakakoi Crater and hike can be accessed by driving from the visitor center to the intersection of Crater Road and Chain of Craters Road, a distance of roughly three miles. Park in the lot at the intersection and take the approximately one-mile walk on the old section of the road to enjoy views of the new summit caldera. You will be more or less opposite the visitor center and treated to spectacular views of summit collapse activity and also highly changeable and very mysterious mists and clouds rising from the new summit pit.
Halemaumau from Keanakakoi Hike
Mauna Ulu

Mauna Ulu

The Mauna Ulu trailhead, located along Chain of Craters Road, is approximately 7 miles from the park visitor center. The trail begins about 100 yards from the parking lot. Here, you can walk across the rolling pahoehoe lava fields deposited by the large eruptive vent called Mauna Ulu, in front of you, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Small native ʻōhiʻa trees are just beginning to recolonize the lava field. The round-trip to the 210ft. summit of Puʻu Huluhulu is 2.5 miles, of which most are on the exposed lava field, so dress for sun and rain as both can happen in quick succession. The trail is marked by rock cairns, called “ahu” in Hawaiʻi. The views from the top of the hill are stunning on a clear day, encompassing not only the ominously steaming shield of nearby Mauna Ulu, but also Mauna Loa, distant Maunkea, the summit caldera of Kīlauea, and even the blue Pacific Ocean.

Shopping & Restaurants

Volcano Art Center

The Volcano Art Center (VAC) is easily located next to the national park visitor center, and is housed in what was once the original 1877 Volcano House Hotel. A wander through the gallery within the wooden doors will open up a rich world of Hawaiian art and culture, with paintings, glass-blown art, photography, jewelry, limited edition prints, notecards, silk scarves, and one of a kind art pieces in native or natural materials. The VAC is a nonprofit organization that was started in the mid-1970s by local artists, and now features nearly 250 local artists. Kīlauea volcano, and the volcano deity Pele, are strong inspirations for the works found here. Other subjects include the art and craft of hula, native plants and animals, legends and myths of Hawaiʻi, and aspects of ancient and modern Hawaiian culture.

National Park Gift Store

The national park visitor center, just inside the park entrance, also holds the official park store run by the nonprofit Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association. It offers books, apparel, posters, videos, photography, note cards, and other items hand-chosen to best represent the natural and cultural resources of this number one travel attraction and World Biosphere Reserve. Find the park store right inside Kīlauea Visitor Center. Open seven days a week. Call 1-808-985-6051 for questions.

The Rim

The Rim is located inside the Volcano House Hotel. The view into the summit caldera of Kīlauea can’t be beat. Call 1-808-756-9625 for highly-prized reservations. The restaurant is part of the hotel so tables can fill quickly, especially on rainy days. Book early.

ʻOhelo Cafe

ʻOhelo Cafe is probably the best upscale dining in this small town. The restaurant is proud of its commitment to fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and carries local craft beers, as well as offering a fairly extensive wine list. Call 1-808-339-7865 to secure your table.

Eagles Lighthouse Cafe

If you just need a quick (huge) sandwich, some quiche, or small things that pack well for picnics, stop by the Eagles Lighthouse Cafe, (still known to most locals as Ohia Cafe) to do just that. They are friendly, open at 7 a.m., and their prices are very reasonable. Call 1-808-985-8587 to place your Take Out order.

Kilauea General Store

Kilauea General Store sits at 19-3972 Old Volcano Road, and although the grocery selection is not extensive, the baked goods, coffee, and sandwiches made to order make it a great grab-and-go resource.

Volcano Store

Volcano Store, at the intersection of Haunani and Old Volcano Road, has a large selection of staples like milk and bread, as well as a fairly extensive beer and wine selection. As a bonus, local, fresh-cut flowers are on display and for sale just inside the main entrance.

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