Holoholo for the Holidays

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Discover different park landscapes for the holidays on a self-guided activity - Holoholo for the Holidays.

Avoid the Crowds and Go Holoholo for the Holidays

Self-Guided Activity: December, 2021 through January, 2022

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park invites you to discover or re-discover different park landscapes away from the crowded Kīlauea summit. Go holoholo! The Hawaiian word, holoholo, means to cruise, or go for a walk, ride, sail; to go out for pleasure, and stroll.

From volcanic landscapes to rainforest this activity will take you through some of the most unique and diverse ecosystems of Kīlauea and Mauna Loa volcanoes. We encourage visiting these areas with mindful intentions, to be in the moment, and to practice aloha ʻāina (love of the land).

The new self-guided program is as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Download the free NPS app, and search for Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Save the park for offline use. Click on Holoholo for the Holidays on the front page.
  2. Pick up your certificate from the Kīlauea Visitor Center lānai or print it yourself ahead of time. Hike or visit at least 4 of the 5 suggested locations anytime through January. Engage in the activities at each site through the NPS App. Write a reflection on your certificate that describes your experience.
  3. Sign your certificate and take it to the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association bookstore inside Kīlauea Visitor Center for a complimentary gift and store discount.

Here’s a list the five Holoholo for the Holidays locations:

  • Crater Rim Trail – explore the path least taken and enjoy the section of Crater Rim Trail south of Nāhuku lava tube to Keanakākoʻi crater from H-11.
  • Maunaulu – a rugged lava landscape.
  • Puʻuloa - a petroglyph site along a coastal landscape.
  • Maunaiki – a desert landscape in the district of Kaʻū (from Hilina Pali Road or Highway 11).
  • Puʻu o Lokuana – a ranch land on Mauna Loa volcano.

We encourage everyone to participate. If you are unable to hike, please feel free to simply visit and reflect near the designated locations.


Congrats! Bring your signed certificate to the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association store to receive and unwrap your holiday present. All proceeds support Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

Take the Pono Pledge to be same, responsible and respectful to each other and the ʻāina (land).


Last updated: December 23, 2021

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