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Day Hike - ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail

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

Follow the ‘Iliahi Trail Into the Rain Forest

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'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?

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).