• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • April 16, 2014 - Mauna Loa Update

    The recent wind advisory has been lifted and Mauna Loa has reopened for backcountry hiking and camping at Red Hill and the Summit.  However, More »

Things To Know Before You Come

Ranger Dean at Ha'akulamanu (Sulphur Banks)
NPS Photo

Careful preparation eases the strain of travelling to new environments. Planning ahead can often make the difference between a good trip and a great trip.

Visiting an active volcano has its own inherent hazards and advance preparation is recommended. See the Your Safety webpages for more information.

Explore these pages to discover the essential things you need to know before you leave home-where to eat and sleep, how to get around the park, where you can and can't bring your pet, and more.

The Kīlauea Visitor Center is located at 4000' elevation and the weather can change very quickly. You should be prepared for hot or cold and sunny or rainy. A warm, sunny day can change to cold and rain in a matter of minutes. Please visit the Weather page.

Did You Know?

Hokulea - Kamehameha Schools Archives

Polynesians from distant lands came to the shores of Hawai‘i over a thousand years ago. Sailing on large, double-hulled canoes, they navigated by using the position of the stars, the sun and the moon, by the movement of the waves and by the flight of the birds.