Last updated: December 18, 2020
Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot
Lua = hole / pit / crater
Manu = bird
Luamanu = "bird crater"
On July 19, 1974 a volcanic fissure opened to the east of Luamanu. A lava flow that spewed from the fissure crept across Chain of Craters Road, consuming the forest as it moved. It soon entered Luamanu crater, filling it with about 50 feet (15 m) of red-hot lava. However, about two-thirds of this lava later drained back into a fissure that cut the east crater wall. Today on the crater walls you can still see the "high lava mark" that was left behind as the lava receded.
Take a look at the July 1974 lava flow around you. Notice the stark tree line at the flow's edge and how this flow cut a clear swath through the verdant rainforest. Slowly, ʻōhiʻa trees and ʻamaʻu ferns are re-establishing vegetation on the flow, nearly fifty years later.