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
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. At present Mauna Ulu Crater is approximately 100 ft. (30.5 meters) deep. 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.

 
Mauna Ulu lava trees, fissure and spatter rampart
Mauna Ulu Lava Trees, Fissure & Spatter Rampart - click for full resolution image

NPS / Ed Shiinoki

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 tree molds". It really is a sight to see; mother nature at her best.

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

 
Distance From the Beginning of Chain of Craters Road Distance From Kīlauea Visitor Center
Stop #1Lua Manu Crater 0.5 mi / 0.8 km 3.8 mi / 6.1 km
Stop #2Hilina Pali Road 2.3 mi / 3.7 km 5.6 mi / 9.0 km
Stop #3Pauahi Crater 3.3 mi / 5.3 km 6.6 mi / 10.6 km
Stop #4Mauna Ulu 3.7 mi / 6.0 km 7.0 mi / 11.3 km
Stop #5Mauna Ulu Flow Across Chain of Craters Road 4.1 mi / 6.6 km 7.4 mi / 11.9 km
Stop #6Mau Loa o Mauna Ulu 6.4 mi / 10.3 km 9.7 mi / 15.6 km
Stop #7Kealakomo Overlook 9.9 mo / 15.9 km 13.2 mi / 21.2 km
Stop #8Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs 16.3 mi / 26.2 km 19.6 mi / 31.5 km
Stop #9Hōlei Sea Arch 18.8 mi / 30.3 km 22.1 mi / 35.6 km
Stop #10End of Chain of Craters Road 18.8 mi / 30.3 km 22.1 mi / 35.6 km

 

Last updated: January 16, 2015

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