• Halema`uma`u Just Before Dawn

    Hawai'i Volcanoes

    National Park Hawai'i

Things To Know Before You Come

Ha‘akulamanu
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?

`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.