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Uēkahuna (formerly spelled Uwēkahuna) is the sacred summit region of Kīlauea volcano located above the steep pali or cliffs of Kaluapele, the caldera of Kīlauea. It is a chosen site for Native Hawaiian cultural practices to honor the Hawaiian volcanic diety, Pelehonuamea. At an elevation over 4000 feet (1200 m), Uēkahuna also presents visitors with spectacular vistas of Kaluapele, Mauna Loa, and surrounding areas.
"Uēkahuna, the wail of a priest"
Kīlauea Volcano Erupts, and Collapses
Uēkahuna provides the most dramatic views of Kaluapele, which underwent a massive collapse during the eruption of 2018.
What Does the Future Hold for Uēkahuna?
Permanent structures were built at Uēkahuna beginning in 1927, and variously housed both the National Park Service and the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. These structures including the former Jaggar Museum were severely damaged following the lower east-zone eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea in 2018.
Last updated: August 18, 2021