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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island, Hawaii (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Beautiful America Series | Ep#9

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episode of hipfig’s beautiful America series for Hawaii Volcanoes National
Park on the Big Island in the state of Hawaii also known as the Island of
Hawaii Hipfig’s beautiful America series is
dedicated to exploring nature’s wonders in American and Canadian national parks,
monuments, and vista. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located along Highway
11 on the Big Island at one crater rim drive. Did you know that Kilauea and Mauna Loa two of the world’s most active volcanoes
are still adding land mass to the island of hawaii by their molten lava as
recently as 2018? Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was commissioned to
preserve the ecosystem of Kilauea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Loa is the largest mountain in the world at almost 20,000 cubic miles even
if it doesn’t look like it The base of Mauna Loa is actually
underwater making the summit of Mauna Loa fifty six thousand feet. It’s twenty
seven thousand feet higher than Mount Everest. On this Hawaiian island, Kilauea and Mauna Loa spread out fissures of molten lava
creating rivers or flows of lava. These flows over the years have added layer
upon layer producing eerie yet beautiful landscapes of lava beds. Each eruption is
an example of nature’s power to change and create new environments around it. Once you’re on the Big Island or officially the Island of Hawaii the
easiest way to get to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is by car. If you come from
the city of Hilo on the Big Island it’s 30 miles southwest on highway 11 which
is about 45 minutes drive. If you’re coming from the city of Kailua Kona
which is near the Kona Airport it is 96 miles southeast on highway 11 which
takes two for hours by car. For your information
the same road may have several different names depending on its location on the
Big Island the Hawaii Belt Road or Māmalahoa Highway is made up of three Hawaii state routes number 11, 19, and 190 which
circumvent the island of hawaii. The south section between Hilo and Kailua
Kona is called route 11. You can also get to the entrance of the volcano national
park by Hele-on public buses from Hilo you’ll have to buy the bus fare and a
twelve dollar park entrance fee. Please check on the Hele-on website for detailed
information. Also note that volcano National Park in Hawaii is very large
and does not have any public buses inside the park. You’ll need a bike or
vehicle once inside. We had a rental car and drove from Kailua Kona side. We took
highway route number 11 going south towards Hilo. Highway 11 is a two-lane
two-way Highway and has many winding curves and sharp drop-offs along the
road. Along Highway 11 we passed the famous Kona coffee farm area, the
macadamia farm area, and lava fields. This lava field was created from Mauna Loa’s
1907 eruption. Near here you will find the punaluu beach park famous for its
black sands. We were just amazed by the brilliant shades of royal and baby blue
of the ocean we continued driving past the ocean view
area to the Kau district. The volcanoes national park has an adjunct visitor
center called Kahuku unit located on hawaii 11 on mile marker 70.5 about an
hour away from Kilauea visitor center which is the main visitor center for
volcanoes national park. The kohoku unit is open Wednesday through Saturday from
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is closed on Monday and Tuesday.
This 116 thousand acre area has a nine mile scenic drive through open pastures
and alongside fissures, channels, and lava flows from the eruption of 1868. There
are also six trails which lead through the meadows, pastures, and up to the
cinder cones and pit craters and Views of the Kau district. Once we
finished our time here we continued on highway 11 for another 45 minutes and
took a right to the entrance station of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Signs to
the volcanoes national park are clearly marked on highway 11. At the booth you’ll
have to pay the national park fee. Please note that if you arrive and the entrance
station is not manned please proceed to the Kilauea visitor
center. Under the covered lanai area there’s a self-pay station. Please pay
your entrance fee there. Fee for cars with all passengers is $25.00
motorcycles and all riders are $20 each pedestrian and cyclist is $12. Youth 15
and under are admitted free. Admission to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is good
for seven days. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day seven days a
week as well as on holidays. We had an interagency Annual Pass which covers all
national parks monuments and federal grounds. Here’s a money saving tip: if you
plan to go to at least three national parks in a year it may be worth it for
you to purchase an inter-agency pass which is currently $80. Once we showed
our interagency pass we drove to Kilauea visitor center which is 0.2 miles on the
right hand side from the entrance station on crater rim drive. Signs are
clearly marked. There was plenty of parking when we arrived. Please note that
there are no buses inside the park unless you come with the private tour.
Kilauea visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor
Center. You can talk to a ranger, this line can be long a time so look for the
posted information which can answer most of your questions. The restrooms are
outside In the visitors center there’s a video
you can watch of the 2018 eruption. there are exhibits on island formation, the
arrival life by wing wind and wave ecosystems, from sea to summit, the sights
and sounds of the rainforest, invasive species, and those who make a difference
in resource protection as well as Hawaiian wisdom sayings and stories of
Hawaii’s indigenous people. Near the visitor center is the volcano Art Center.
The artworks displayed here depict the parks landscape in history both natural
and cultural including mythological stories. after we completed our time at
the Kilauea visitor center we drove point-eight miles on crater rim drive to
the steam vents and Kilauea caldera which is on the left side. We parked our
car in the lot. There is a limited parking but people come and go so just
be patient for a parking spot. If you prefer you can walk down point eight
miles down from the visitor center to the steam vents as well From the parking lot there’s a flat path
which leads to Kilauea caldera and the steam vents. The Kilauea caldera is a
large volcanic crater formed by a major eruption leading to the collapse of the
mouth of this volcano. There is a steaming bluff on the calderas edge. The
area’s grassy meadow with ground cracks and steam concentrated fractures along
the cuddlers edge the area between the calderas edge and the outer cliffs of
Kailua caldera is a treeless plain. The ground just a few feet down is so hot
that the tree roots cannot survive but shallow rooted grasses and plants grow
here across the street from the steaming Bluff and the steam vent parking area is
the trailhead for the sulfur banks which is wheelchair accessible along a paved
path and boardwalk at the sulfur banks an area you’ll
definitely smell the sulfur gas that smells like rotten eggs. Some sulfur
gases deposit pure crystals other sulfur gases from form sulfuric acid which
breaks down into the clay this clay is stained red and brown with iron oxide.
Visitors with heart or respiratory problems such as asthma ,pregnant women,
infants, or young children should avoid this walk. For information due to the
last volcanic eruption jagger museum is indefinitely closed. The steam was pretty
impressive the steam vents are created when groundwater seeps down to the hot
volcanic rocks in this area and then returns to the surface as steam. From the
steam vent area we drove back towards the visitor center past the volcano
house. Volcano house is the only lodging inside the volcanoes national park there
are also camper cabins and campsites nearby Nāmakanipaio campground.
If you would like to stay near volcanoes national park, the nearest town with
services, restaurantsm and lodging is volcano village located right outside
the park boundary. Once we pass volcano house we took a right just before the
entrance station towards the chain of craters. Road signs are clearly marked.
This section of Crater Rim Drive takes you to Kilauea iki overlook there’s a
parking lot and an overlook where you could see the Kilauea iki or crater
There are four or five stops along this section of crater rim road. Be sure to
stop and hike the devastation trail you can take a 30-minute walk through the
cinder outfall of 1959 eruption of Kilauea iki. This paved trail is half
mile one way and is wheelchair and stroller accessible. As we continued back
on crater rim drive it becomes the chain of craters road. The chain of craters
road will lead you to the end of the road at Hōlei Sea Arch. Along
the beginning of the chain of craters road you’ll drive through a gorgeous
forest of giant ferns, trees, and other foliage. The chain of craters road is
eighteen point eight miles with an elevation change of about 3,700 feet.
There’s no food, water, or fuel along the chain of craters roads so plan
accordingly. Porta Potty type toilets are available at Mauna Ulu parking area and
at the end of chain of craters road there are 10 stops a long chain of
craters road. Of note, the first is Hilina Pali Road Hilina Pali Road which is five miles from the campground. Another stop of note is the Pu‘u Loa petroglyphs. This is a very
sacred and religious place for Hawaiians it’s the largest Petraglyph field in
the state of Hawaii. Ranger guided hikes are also available here. Check at the
Kilauea visitor center. nother stop of note is the Mauna Ulu flow across the
chain of craters road. As we drove down the chain of craters road we were
mesmerized by the endless lava beds reflecting light against the backdrop of
the blue of the Pacific Ocean. Another place of note is the Kealakomo Overlook.
From those overlook you’ll have a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and
an expansive view of the vast lava field Holei sea arch is my favorite stop at
the end of the chain of craters road there’s a short trail to the ocean and
the Holei sea arch or holei arch. The sea arch is about 90 feet high and eroding.
The creation of the sea arch was made within the last hundred years from the
pounding of the water against the rocks The sea arch will eventually disappear but
another one will replace it as the cliff slowly migrates inland.
If you choose you can walk to the end of a chain of craters road. Although you
have to drive back the same way you came it is worth the drive all the way down
to this part of the park. The Sun on your face,
the powerful ocean breeze, and the views of the ocean pounding against the cliffs
creates an everlasting memory. If you don’t have a car
there are many tour companies which offer day trips so check at your hotel. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is one of
the most unique and beautiful parks in the world that should not be missed if
you have opportunity to visit when you’re on the Big Island of Hawaii. It
will take at least a whole day or more depending on your excursions. Hawaii
Volcanoes National Park provides a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience which
should not be missed. Happy Travels. Go to for more information or go
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1 thought on “Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island, Hawaii (TRAVEL GUIDE) | Beautiful America Series | Ep#9

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