Lava trees are formed when fast moving lava flows around a tree. The cool and moist trunk causes the lava to crust around the tree. When the flow is short lived, it drains off leaving behind standing lava trees.
On April 3rd & 4th, 2013, park visitors celebrated the 50th Annual Merrie Monarch Festival with the island's cultural practitioners as they shared the arts and crafts of Hawai'i at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Kīlauea Visitor Center on the lānai.
May 28, 2016 - Lauren Kurpita and Park Ranger Andrea Kaawaloa-Okita lead a group on a three-mile roundtrip hike to Ka'ena to learn more about the nesting and monitoring activities of honu'ea, the human and cultural history of the area, and how eruptions in this coastal region have impacted both
Ka ‘ike o ke keiki - The learning of the child:
i ka nana a ‘ike - by observing, one learns;
i ka ho‘olohe no a maopopo - in listening, one commits to memory;
i ka hana no a ‘ike - by practice, one masters the skill.
The level of the summit lava lake has risen to its highest level since the summit eruption began in March 2008. It was measured at 20 m (66 ft) below the rim of the Overlook crater on April 23, and is at least a few meters (yards) higher this morning, April 24, 2015. Please note that a zoom lens was used taking these photos.
The NPS Centennial Media-Quality Photo Gallery will provide an opportunity for all parks and programs to be showcased in a single online gallery to meet an increasing need for high-resolution photos to use in NPS communications and to share with the media.