Pauahi Crater

Chain of Craters Road Tour - Stop #3

 
Pauahi Crater
Pauahi Crater - click for full resolution image

NPS / Ed Shiinoki

Pau = finished / destroyed
Ahi = fire
Pauahi = "destroyed by fire"

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
 
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 mi / 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: April 21, 2020

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