Place

Kealakomo Overlook

Wooden overlook platform on a hill overlooking the ocean
Kealakomo Overlook

NPS Photo/J. Wei

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot

Ke = the
Ala = path
Komo = entrance
Kealakomo = "The entrance path"

From Kealakomo Overlook you can have a panoramic vista of the Pacific Ocean and the vast lava field that covered portions of the ancient village of Kealakomo.

Kealakomo was a village on the coast, most likely destroyed and abandoned after the 1868 earthquake and tsunami, then buried by the Maunaulu flows of 1969-1974. The Maunaulu flows created approximately 210 acres of new land. Both ʻa'ā and pāhoehoe flows can be seen from this overlook. The jagged ‘a‘ā lava flows below appear as dull black while the smooth pāhoehoe lava flows appear as silver-grey.