Puʻupuaʻi Overlook

Overlook into a volcanic crater with trees in the foreground
Puʻupuaʻi Overlook peering into Kīlauea Iki crater

NPS Photo/J. Wei

Quick Facts

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead, Wheelchair Accessible

Meaning "gushing hill" in Hawaiian, Puʻupuaʻi is a gigantic cinder cone that formed as a result of the towering 1,900 foot lava fountains during the eruption of Kīlauea Iki in 1959. As lava from these fountains cooled in the air, it fell back to earth as cinders and built up into the large mound that exists today. 

From this overlook, look into Kīlauea Iki crater and begin the Devastation Trail or even continue and hike to Byron Ledge (Uēaloha), Kīlauea Iki, and Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube).

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Last updated: May 4, 2021