Plan Your Visit

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Watch this video to learn about different areas in the park to explore.


Plan Like A Park Ranger

1. Plan Ahead

2. Tap the App

  • Download the free National Park Service app (and offline content) before you arrive.
  • It offers great tools like interactive maps, tours, accessibility information, and more. You can easily find parks closest to you and you can even access it offline if you plan ahead. And we’re adding new content every day!

3. Know Before You Go

  • Flexibility and having a backup plan are crucial, especially with potential changes in weather conditions or road closures. Have a Plan B before you visit.
  • Anticipate extended waits at the entrance station, traffic on roads and crowded trails, with limited parking at Nāhuku and the summit of Kīlauea from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • If there's an eruption, expect increased waits and congestion; consider visiting before sunrise or after sunset for a smoother experience.
  • Visit the Kahuku Unit. Kahuku is never crowded, and open Thursday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kahuku is located on Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5 in Ka‘ū, approximately 1 hr from Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.

4. Contemplate Culture

  • Deepen your experience by learning about the profound connections between Native Hawaiian culture and this remarkable landscape.
  • Enjoy the park, but be mindful. Let others connect undisturbed with nature. Before taking pictures or using phones and playing music, think about the tranquility around you.
  • Pledge to prioritize safety, responsibility, and respect for others and the land by taking the Pono Pledge.

5. Keep Safety in the Picture

  • Choose a hiking trail that matches your experience and fitness level, avoiding overestimation of your abilities.
  • Plan your hike thoroughly, leaving a trip plan with a trusted contact, and develop an emergency plan in case of unexpected hazards.
  • Pack the essentials, be weather-ready, and consider alternatives like Plan B activities in case hiking conditions are not ideal.
  • Stay out of closed areas. Stick to designated trails and overlooks for your safety. Hidden sinkholes, unstable cliffs, and volcanic gases pose potential hazards.

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


Last updated: January 24, 2024

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


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