Day Hike - ‘Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail

‘Iliahi Trail hikers
Visitors hiking the ‘Iliahi Trail

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One of many views from the ‘Iliahi Trail
One of many views from the ‘Iliahi Trail

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'Iliahi (Sandalwood) Trail

Find `Iliahi (sandalwood) growing among native and non-native trees along this beautiful rainforest trail. Feel the heat from the active steam vents and peer across the steaming floor of Kīlauea Caldera and the erupting Halema`uma`u Crater while enjoying the comforts of this mostly shady loop trail.

Of interest: Walking in a rain forest, listening to the singing native birds, steam vents, pit craters, fault scarps. Views of Kīlauea Caldera, Halema`uma`u Crater and Mauna Loa.

  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Distance & hiking time: 1.5 mile (2.4 km) loop Trail. Approximately 1.15 - 1.30 hours.
  • Trail begins: Across the street from Kīlauea Visitor Center and to the right of the Volcano House.
  • Bring: Water, food, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. Be prepared for hot, dry, wet, windy weather conditions.
  • Stay on the trail and stay away from scalding steam vents, earth cracks and cliffs.
This trail combines the Halema‘uma‘u, Crater Rim and/or Sulphur Banks trails. Beware of cliffs, cracks and steam vents.

Last updated: September 15, 2017

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