Mauna Ulu

Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #4

 
Pu‘u Huluhulu & Mauna Ulu
Pu‘u Huluhulu on the Left and Mauna Ulu on the Right - click for full resolution image

NPS / Ed Shiinoki

 
Lava trees at Mauna Ulu
Lava Trees - click for full resolution image

NPS / Ed Shiinoki

Mauna = mountain
Ulu = growing
Mauna Ulu = "the growing mountain"

Mauna Ulu is located on the east rift zone of Kīlauea. Mauna Ulu is approximately 400 ft. (121 meters) high from its pre-eruption base. It erupted in several phases from May 24, 1969 to July 22 of 1974.

Mauna Ulu recorded high fountaining of 1770 ft. (539.5 meters);only second to Kīlauea Ikiʻs record making 1900 ft. (579.1 meters) fountaining.

From 1969 to 1974 the Mauna Ulu lava flows covered 17 square miles (44 sq. km), traveled 7 miles (12 km) to the coast and covered several areas with 25 ft. (7.6 meters) deep lava.

From the parking lot, there is a short lava walk to view many "lava trees" and other formations

This is also the trailhead for the popular Pu‘u Huluhulu hike.

 
 
Learn about the five-year eruption of Mauna Ulu, which dramatically reshaped the landscape in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
 
Distance From the Beginning of Chain of Craters Road Distance From Kīlauea Visitor Center
Stop #1 Lua Manu Crater 0.5 mi / 0.8 km 3.8 mi / 6.1 km
Stop #2 Hilina Pali Road 2.3 mi / 3.7 km 5.6 mi / 9.0 km
Stop #3 Pauahi Crater 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 6.6 mi / 10.6 km
Stop #4 Mauna Ulu 3.7 mi / 6.0 km 7.0 mi / 11.3 km
Stop #5 Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu 6.4 mi / 10.3 km 9.7 mi / 15.6 km
Stop #6 Kealakomo Overlook 9.9 mo / 15.9 km 13.2 mi / 21.2 km
Stop #7 Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs 16.3 mi / 26.2 km 19.6 mi / 31.5 km
Stop #8 Hōlei Sea Arch 18.8 mi / 30.3 km 22.1 mi / 35.6 km
 

Last updated: July 13, 2020

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