Kīlauea Iki Overlook

Crater Rim Drive Tour- Stop #4
View from Kīlauea Iki Overlook on September 17, 2018
View from Kīlauea Iki Overlook on September 17, 2018

NPS Photo / Janice Wei

Kīlauea Iki Overlook
Kīlauea Iki Overlook

NPS Photo

Continuing along Crater Rim Drive past Kīlauea Visitor Center, take the right turn just before the entrance station. This section of Crater Rim Drive takes you to Kīlauea Iki Overlook.

Kīlauea Iki looks fairly tranquil these days. But, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet. From up here it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Kīlauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet across, and the floor is 400 feet below the overlook.

Halema‘uma‘u is in the distance and Mauna Loa looms beyond. Kīlauea Iki Overlook is also the start of the Kīlauea Iki Trail, one of the most popular in the park.


Last updated: May 28, 2020

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