• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

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Kīlauea Overlook

Crater Rim Drive Tour - Stop #3
Kīlauea Overlook
Viewing Kīlauea Caldera and Halema‘uma‘u from Kīlauea Overlook
NPS - Ed Shiinoki
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Photo Taken from Kīlauea Overlook

NPS - Ed Shiinoki

One of our park rangers calls this the Kīlauea Overlooked. The Kīlauea Overlook is located on the left side of the road, approximately .7 miles from Steaming Bluffs. The road sign indicates that this a picnic area. Which it is, but it is also a splendid overlook of the Kīlauea Caldera and Halema'uma'u Crater. The view here is similar to that found at the Jaggar Museum, but is usually much less crowded. And, it is a nice place for a picnic.

The view of Kīlauea caldera from this overlook is spectacular. The caldera (a very large crater formed by collapse) is about 2 miles wide and more than 3 miles long. The highest point on the caldera's edge is near Kīlauea Overlook. Halema'uma'u, the main pit crater within Kīlauea caldera, is very visible from this point.


Did You Know?

The Kamehameha Butterfly is orange and black, with white spots.

Only two butterflies found in Hawai`i are native. The Kamehameha Butterfly (Vanessa tameamea) is Hawai`i's state insect, brightly colored, and larger than the Blackburn's blue (Udara blackburni).