The Museum Collection
The museum collection at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park consists of over 380,000 objects under the general classifications of Archeology, Ethnology, History, Archives, Biology, Paleontology, and Geology. The purpose of the museum collection is to preserve specimens for study, reference, education and resources managment. Objects may also document the people and events from the park's history.
A research library is available for use by the public. The library material focuses on subjects that support park staff efforts to preserve and interpret the natural and cultural resources at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The collection consists of bound books, rare books, periodicals, reference and scienctific research files, and audiovisual material. Borrowing privileges are limited and must be approved by the library manager. To make an appointment, please call the library manager at (808) 985-6138.
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.