• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Ranger Programs

Master Volunteer Ranger Ed Bonsey leads a group of visitors on a hike to explore the park's geologic features
Master Volunteer Ranger Ed Bonsey leads a group of visitors on a hike to explore the park's geologic features.
NPS photo by Dave Boyle
 
 

Ranger-led programs enrich your knowledge of park resources and Hawaiian culture.

The schedule of ranger programs is posted on the Ranger Activities bulletin board in the Kilauea Visitor Center each morning at 9:00 a.m.

These free programs may be short presentations in the visitor center auditorium, or a map presentation at the relief map located outside the visitor center on the lanai. Walks may be wheelchair accessible, beginning at the Visitor Center and ending with a spectacular view of Kilauea's caldera or longer hikes to see lava trees, Hawaiian petroglyphs, lava tubes, or traverse craters.

In addition, once a month, a ranger-led hike is offered in the Park's new Kahuku Unit (located off Hwy 11 between mile marker 70 and 71). See the Schedule of Events for upcoming hikes at this remote location.

The following hikes are generally offered on a daily basis:

 
How It All Started

"How it all Started" geology talk is presented daily at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

There are usually additional daily Ranger led activities. All the activities for the day are posted at the Kilauea Visitor Center around 9:00 a.m.

 
Master Volunteer Ranger George presents "How it all Started" talk
Master Volunteer Ranger George Presents "How it all Started" Talk
NPS Photo
 

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Summit Hike

The Ranger led "Exploring the Summit" hike is offered daily at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 
Ranger Dean leads Summit Hike
Ranger Dean Speaks to Group of Visitors on "Exploring the Summit" hike
NPS Photo
 

For other daily activities, please see the Ranger Activities bulletin board in the Visitor Center. The activity schedule is posted daily around 9:00 a.m. each morning.

 

After Dark in the Park programs are offered on Tuesday evenings, 1 or more times a month. Guest speakers offer presentations on a wide range of topics of interest including geology, biology, and Hawaiian culture and history. The public is invited to attend these programs.

 

Junior Ranger Program
Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park offers a Junior Ranger Program just for kids from age 7 to 12! Have a memorable visit to two of the world's most active volcanoes and earn a Junior Ranger badge! Ask rangers at the information desk in the Kīlauea Visitor Center for the FREE Junior Ranger workbook. Complete 3 activities in the booklet, and participate in a ranger-led activity (view the park's movie or join a ranger-led hike) to earn a badge.

 

Effective December 5, 2012, the ranger led Pua Po'o lava tube tour is cancelled indefinitely due to staffing issues.

Did You Know?

Waha`ula Visitor Center surrendering to lava.

From 1983 to 1991, lava flows repeatedly invaded communities on Kīlauea's coastal south flank burying eight miles of highway and destroying 181 houses and a visitor center in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park.