Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #3
Pau = finished / destroyed
Pauahi Crater is approximately 1800-2000 ft. (548.6-610 meters) long, 300-500 ft. (90-106.7 meters) deep and 300 ft. (90 meters) wide.
In November of 1973 there was an eruption that lasted 31 days, creating the present crater floor. This eruption also opened a fissure east of the crater towards Puʻuhululu. This fissure eruption became a phase of the 1969-1974 Mauna Ulu eruptions. The last eruption of Pauahi occurred in 1979 for 16 days.
There is a short boardwalk for viewing the crater and landscape, a photographic moment. Just left of the boardwalk, you will see a fissure that poured lava in the crater during the 1973 eruption. A rampart (a cinder and ash hill) was also created during that eruption.
Pauahi Crater is culturally significant and religious to many of the Hawaiian people. At times you may view a "Hoʻokupu" (offering wrapped in Tī leaf), which should not be touched or disturbed.
Learn more about these gigantic depressions and how they formed
Last updated: April 21, 2020