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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii County, Hawaii, 96718

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
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Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, is a United States National Park on the island of Hawaii. It encompasses two active volcanoes: Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the world's most massive subaerial
In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park was designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987.

The park includes 323,431 acres (505.36 sq mi; 1,308.88 km2) of land.[6] Over half of the park is designated the Hawaii Volcanoes Wilderness area and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities.

Climates range from lush tropical rain forests, to the arid and barren Kaʻū Desert.

Several of the National Register of Historic Places listings on the island of Hawaii are located within the park:


  • 1790 Footprints

  • Ainahou Ranch

  • Ainapo Trail

  • Kilauea Crater

  • Puna-Ka'u Historic District

  • Volcano House

  • Whitney Seismograph Vault No. 29

  • Wilkes Campsite



Visitor center and museums
Jaggar Museum



  • The main visitor center, located just within the park entrance, includes displays and information about the features of the park.

  • The nearby Volcano Art Center, located in the original 1877 Volcano House hotel, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and now houses historical displays and an art gallery.

  • The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, located a few miles west on Crater Rim Drive, features more exhibits and a close view of the Kīlauea's active vent Halemaʻumaʻu. The museum is named after scientist Thomas Jaggar, the first director of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, which adjoins the museum. The observatory itself is operated by the U.S. Geological Survey and is not open to the public. Bookstores are located in the main visitor center and the Jaggar Museum.
  • The Kilauea Military Camp provides accommodations for U.S. military personnel.


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Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park


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