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Kīlauea Iki Overlook

Kīlauea Iki Overlook
Kīlauea Iki Overlook
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Crater Rim Drive Tour - Stop #5

 

Continuing along Crater Rim Drive you come to Kīlauea Iki Overlook. Alternately, the driver could drive to the Overlook and the rest of the party could walk a 1/2 mile section of the Crater Rim Trail to the Overlook. This is also an option when the Thurston Lava Tube parking area is full.

Kīlauea Iki - 1960's Bill Dunmire Kīlauea Iki looks fairly tranquil these days. But, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet. From up here it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Kīlauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet across, and the floor is 400 feet below the overlook.

This is the trailhead for the 4 mile loop hike around Kīlauea Iki.

 
 

Did You Know?

`Ohi`a tree with lehua blossoms.

The `ohi`a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha) is a pioneer plant on new lava and a dominant tree in most mature Hawaiian forests. Honeycreepers, like the `apapane and `amakihi, are often seen sipping sweet nectar from its flowers. More...