For over one hundred years Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has offered its visitors a window into the past through the many and varied cultural sites contained within its boundaries. Established as Hawaii National Park in 1916, the landscape of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes has been shaped by the people who have been a part of its history. Over five centuries before the establishment of the park, Native Hawaiians lived, worked and worshipped on this sacred ground. Later, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, adventurers, scientists, philanthropists, and every day individuals also left their mark on the landscape.

A stone altar surrounded by hardened lava flows.
Pahu Manamana o ʻUmi

A significant archeological site on the southwest slopes of Mauna Loa volcano.

White Sand Beach

The 16,451-acre parcel is now part of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and protects native plants and animals, and cultural sites.

A large crack in a volcanic lava field.
The Great Crack and Ala Waiʻi

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park's remote parcels showcase distinct geology, lava rock formations, archeological sites, and more.

A traditional hawaiian house with a thatched roof

A storied portion of the Kīlauea summit, currently home to a traditional hale and a hula platform

A petroglyph of a circular shape in gray rock

A sacred place and one of the largest petroglyph fields in Hawaiʻi

Two people walking on a trail through a lava field
The Footprints Area

Along an ancient travel corridor, footprints left by Native Hawaiians long ago

Aerial view of archeological ruins next to a lavafield
Wahaʻula Heiau

The first temple for human sacrifice in Hawaiʻi, now buried by lava

Ruins of a stone structure in a lava field

An area inhabited by early 15th century Hawaiians through the 1800's

Stone wall with a wooden sign on a post
Pulu Factories

Once a thriving industry in Hawaiʻi, there were two pulu factories on Kīlauea

Full moon rising over a mountain ridge and building placed upon a rocky outcropping

The celebrated wahi pana (legendary place) atop Kīlauea, experienced by many park visitors to the Jaggar Museum

Trees and ferns in a rolling meadow underneath blue skies

Rich and varied history from the ranching period stretching back to before European contact

A lava field with cliffs in the background
The Ahupuaʻa

The traditional land division in Hawaiʻi

A man with mustache standing behind a counter next to a staircase and asign that says "Ask for Pele"
Volcano House

The iconic Volcano House hotel has existed on the rim of Kīlauea in multiple incarnations for over 150 years


Cultural Landscape Inventories

Cultural Landscape Inventories are a comprehensive inventory of all historically significant landscapes within the National Park System. These documents identify each landscape’s location, physical development, significance, National Register of Historic Places eligibility, condition, and other valuable information for park management. Access these formal documents below.

A house surrounded by trees
ʻĀinahou Ranch

A historic ranch house and gardens listed on the National Register of Historic Places

Black and white photograph of a building under construction
Kīlauea Administrative District

A number of park buildings, including Kīlauea Visitor Center, built during the era of the Civilian Conservation Corps

Historic photo of a small building with a thatched roof
Crater Rim Drive

Crater Rim Historic District is an approximately 5,000-acre historic district in and around Kīlauea Caldera

Last updated: December 29, 2023

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