Last updated: May 15, 2021
Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Restroom, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead
Kīlauea Iki crater looks fairly tranquil these days. But, in 1959 it was a seething lava lake, with lava fountains up to 1,900 feet (580m) high. Puʻupuaʻi, the large cinder cone on the left-hand side of the crater, formed as cinders fell from these towering fountains. From this overlook, it is difficult to comprehend the scale of Kīlauea Iki. The crater is a mile long, 3,000 feet (414m) across, and the floor is 400 feet (122m) below. Mauna Loa looms beyond.