• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Day Hike - ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail

Hiking the ‘Iliahi Trail
Visitors Hiling the ‘Iliahi Trail
NPS Photo
Into the rain forest

Follow the ‘Iliahi Trail Into the Rain Forest

NPS Photo

'Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail

Hike through rain forest, past steam vents with views of Kīlauea Caldera, Halema'uma'u Crater and Mauna Loa.

'Iliahi (Hawaiian for Sandalwood) grows among native and non-native trees along this trail.

Of interest: Rain forest, birds, steam vents, earthcracks, fault scarps.

  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Distance: 1.5 mile (2.4 km) loop
  • Trail begins to the right of the Volcano House hotel (when facing the caldera)
  • Bring: water, snacks, hat, sunscreen, raingear
  • Stay on the trail and stay away from scalding steam vents, earth cracks and cliffs.

Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)


Did You Know?

`a`a flowing over an older flow of pahoehoe.

The two types of Hawaiian lava differ in appearance but are chemically alike. Pahoehoe has a smoother and ropey surface where a`a is jagged and clinkery.