Plan Your Visit

Ranger and visitor interacting with views of the eruption in the background.
No molten lava is currently visible from publicly accessible areas. However, the plume and nighttime glow are visible from many areas of the park along the rim. NPS Photo/J.Wei
Hawaiian cultural practitioner leaving an offering at the edge of a crater.
NPS Photo/D.Boyle

Be Respectful

Park landscapes are cherished places for many people. Is it quiet? Help keep it that way and allow visitors to connect with their surroundings in peace. Think before you take pictures of other visitors and whether they want to hear your music or phones. Take the Pono Pledge to be safe, responsible and respectful to each other and the ʻāina (land) during your visit to Hawaiʻi.

Through trees a red glow from lava illuminates the crater
NPS Photo/J.Wei

Know Before You Go

A spectacular new eruption at the summit of Kīlauea volcano is drawing hundreds of visitors to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park eager to see the billowing plume of gas and steam by day and the reflection of glowing lava deep within the crater after dark. Vantage points for viewing the new eruption include Wahinekapu (Steaming Bluff), Kīlauea Overlook, Keanakākoʻi, Waldron Ledge and other overlooks along Crater Rim Trail.

Have a question?
Park staff are available to answer questions at 808-985-6011.

Cracks on the edge of an erupting volcanic caldera
NPS Photo/A. LaValle

Stay Safe

This photo shows just a few of the reasons why it is critical to stay on trails and in designated overlooks if visiting the park to see the current eruption. Sinkholes, earth cracks, and unstable cliff edges are not always visible, even in daylight. Do not enter closed areas.

Maintain social distance of six feet from others and wear a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Even during the excitement of an eruption, the dangers remain the same. Learn more about how you can have a safe visit on our
safety webpage.

Last updated: April 6, 2021

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