Event Details

Date & Time
03/10/2013 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fee Information
Event is free for Friends members - Park entrance fees apply
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Explore Pu'u Pua'i - March 10, 2013 Led by Cheryl Gansecki

This monthly program on second Sundays is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park's beautiful trails.

This month's walk we will explore the Pu'u Pua'i area. Starting and ending at the Devastation Trail parking lot, we'll take the trail across the flanks of Pu'u Pua'i down onto Byron Ledge. There we'll explore the lush Hawaiian rain forest and get great views into Kīlauea Iki and Kīlauea Caldera, with Halema'uma'u Crater fuming in the distance. We'll return by the same trail. Puʻu Puaʻi, which means "gushing hill," was formed during the 1959 Kīlauea Iki eruption. Close to Kīlauea Iki's high fountaining, lava pumice cinders were hot enough to weld themselves together into a spatter cone. Further downwind, the falling cinders cooled sufficiently to form a blanket of cinders.

Where to Meet

Participants provide their own transportation to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. From Highway 11, between mile markers 28 and 29, turn into Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees apply). After going through the park's entrance stations, take the first left onto Crater Rim Drive then proceed about 3 miles to the Devastation Trail parking lot (across from the turn-off to Chain of Craters Road). Approximate travel from Hilo is 1 hour and from Kailua-Kona is 3 hours. To view maps, visit http://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/maps.htm.


This will be an easy moderate hike of about 3 miles roundtrip over uneven terrain, with a 200' foot elevation drop/gain. Be prepared for the at 4,000' elevation and for variable weather conditions, including sunny, windy, chilly, and/or rainy.This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Program cost is FREE for Friends members. Non-members are welcome to join Friends in order to attend. Park entrance fees apply.

Please bring:

  • drinking water & snacks
  • hat, sunscreen & sunglasses
  • closed-toe hiking shoes or boots
  • warm jacket or windbreaker & raingear
  • personal items (e.g., backpack, camera, binoculars, walking sticks, etc.)

Cost & Registration

"Sunday Walk in the Park" is free for Friends members, and non-members are welcome to join our non-profit organization in order to attend. If your membership has expired, this is a great time to renew. To register, contact Friends of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373, email us at admin@fhvnp.org or directly on our website at www.fhvnp.org .

link to pdf flier (201KB)

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Devastation Trail parking lot

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fee Information:
Event is free for Friends members - Park entrance fees apply

Contact Name:
Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

Contact Email:
e-mail us

Contact Phone Number:


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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 52
Hawaii National Park, HI 96718


(808) 985-6000
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