Basic Information

1 Crater Rim Drive
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawai‘i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours).

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round, including ALL holidays.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Open 24 hours
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours

Park District

Kahuku Unit

The Kahuku Unit is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and federal holidays.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: -
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: -
  • Saturday: -

The weather at Kīlauea's summit (4000' elevation) varies daily and may be rainy and chilly any time of the year. Temperature varies by elevation. At the summit of the volcano, temperatures may be 12 to 15 degrees cooler than at sea level. The coastal plain at the end of Chain of Craters Road, where lava crossed the road in 2003, is often hot, dry, and windy with the possibility of passing showers.

Entrance Fees:

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - Private Vehicle - $25.00

Admits one private non-commercial vehicle (capacity 15 or less) and all of its passengers. Valid for 7 days. Organized non-profit groups, (service organizations, scouts, church groups, college/school clubs) are not eligible.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - Motorcycle - $20.00

Per motorcycle - Valid for 7 days

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - Bicycle - $12.00

Per bicycle - Valid for 7 days

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - Individual - $12.00

Per walk-in pedestrian - valid for 7 days

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park - Groups - $12.00

Non-commercial groups entering the park in a bus or vehicle with a capacity of 16 persons or more will be charged $12.00 for each person on board. Exceptions: Anyone who is 15 or younger is exempt from paying an entrance fee. Passes may be used for entry as defined on the back of the pass. In many cases the driver will have been hired for transportation only and is exempt from paying the entrance fee. The total fee charged will not exceed the equivalent commercial fee for that type of vehicle.

Entrance Passes:

Hawai‘i Tri-Park Pass - $30.00

An annual tri-park pass allows access for 1 full year from date of first use at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Haleakalā National Park, and Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park.

Kīlauea Visitor Center

Make Kīlauea Visitor Center your first stop when entering the park. Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Rangers and volunteers are on duty in the visitor center daily and will provide visitors with the latest information on the current eruption, hiking information, things to do and the daily schedule of ranger-led activities.

Jaggar Museum

The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum is located along Crater Rim Drive, 3 miles from the Kīlauea Visitor Center. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Built on the edge of Kīlauea Caldera, visitors may enjoy spectacular views of the caldera and the main crater Halema'uma'u from this view point.

Ranger Dean addresses a group of visitors at Ha‘akulamanu (Sulphur Banks)
Ranger Dean addresses a group of visitors 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.

Last updated: December 3, 2016

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718


(808) 985-6000

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