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Day Hike - Ha‘akulamanu (Sulphur Banks)

Ha‘akulamanu Boardwalk
Ha‘akulamanu Boardwalk
NPS Photo
 

Ha'akulamanu (Sulphur Banks) Trail

Due to underground heat, this dramatic volcanic thermal area has very few trees. Known as Ha'akulamanu, this unusual place, with steaming cracks and colorful mineral deposits, has been famous for birds and healing vapors.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Distance: 1.2 mile (2 km) round trip
  • Trail begins at the far left of the Kīlauea Visitor Center parking lot past the Volcano Art Center Gallery
    (The other end of the trail can be picked up across the street from the Steam Vents)
 

Due to sulphur fumes, people with heart or breathing problems, pregnant women and young children should avoid this trail. Stay on the trail; beware of steam and cracks. From the Kīlauea Visitor Center, trail grades are eight to twelve percent. Wheelchair accessible from Steam Vents to Sulphur Banks.

 

Hiking Tips (pdf-217KB)

 

Did You Know?

Green Sea Turtle resting on a beach.

The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They return to the Northwest Hawaiian Islands to lay their nests, over 700 miles away.