For almost one hundred years, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has offered its visitors a window into the past through the many and varied cultural sites contained within its boundaries. Established as Hawaii National Park in 1916, the landscape of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes has been shaped by the people who have been a part of its history. Over five centuries before the establishment of the park, Native Hawaiians lived, worked and worshiped on this sacred ground. Later, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, adventurers, scientists, philanthropists, and every day individuals also left their mark on the landscape. Learn more about these unique and fascinating cultural sites by clicking on the links below.
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.