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    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

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  • April 16, 2014 - Mauna Loa Update

    The recent wind advisory has been lifted and Mauna Loa has reopened for backcountry hiking and camping at Red Hill and the Summit.  However, More »

Natural History Collection


'Akialoa, catalog #HAVO 1291

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Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park has a complex diversity of biological and geological resources. There is a wealth of specimens in our natural history collection.

  • Herbarium collection - started in the 1940's by park naturalist Gunnar Fagerlund and A. L. Mitchell. The collection includes vascular plants, lichen, ferns seeds and marine algae. Today we have over 5000 specimens cataloged.
  • Zoology collections - consist of mammal skins, bird skins and mounted bird specimens, various bird nests and an estimated 10,000 invertebrates (not cataloged).
  • Geology collection - close to 100 rare or unusual volcanic forms and compositions are cataloged in the parks database.

Did You Know?

Glowing, reddish-orange lava flowing on the surface at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park

Kīlauea Volcano has erupted lava almost continuously from its east rift zone since 1983. These lava flows have added about 500 acres of new land to the southern shore of Kīlauea and covered 8.7 miles (14 km) of highway with lava as deep as 115 feet (35 m). More...