Kilauea Volcano
Kilauea Volcano
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kgbone
Austin, TX21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The power and majesty of the Kilauea volcano is on constant display and tomorrow (MLK holiday) the $30 admission fee is waived. But to stand there and look into the power of Nature, and then read about it, and listen to the park ranger’s talk is extra special at any price.
The items in the gift shops are mostly one-of-a-kind. And the art guild shop next to the Visitor Center is extraordinary. You’ll need a half-day to fully appreciate all that the places have to offer, so go; that’s our national park after all…
Written 14 January 2024
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QZOCK
Seattle, WA296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Two trips, first on at night on the day Kilauea erupted; second during the day… recommend night view, but probably safer to hike around during the day.
My wife had turned on the TV on the 4th day in of our visit to Kona. The Kīlauea eruption was on the news…. We decided to drive from Kona area to see if we can get to the rim….
When we got to the NP, it was like trying to enter a large concert venue…
NP rangers were directing traffic, directed us to a parking area, where we started the hike to the rim… the trails have an amber marker lamp embedded in the hiking trail… (not everyone had a flashlight)… a headlamp or flashlight is recommended for hiking at night, even when 70 percent of the hikers had them, if you don’t you will hit dark spots… (wife had insight to take a headlamp along)….
The view of an eruption, is something that goes beyond visual, there is something spiritual about it. You will relate to the Native Hawaiians concept of Pele, much better. I enjoyed the paved roads up to the rim, and the paved trails, but I have to apologize to Mother Earth of the descrecration of the rim, with observation building (now in disrepair), and restaurants. (I plead guilty as part of society that did that, while enjoying the amenities and the resulting ability for me to be able to enjoy the eruption).
Now that I have reasonable made enough excuses for our society, and to our Native Hawaiians, the eruption as seen at night is amazing.
It is truly amazing, molten lava erupting…
The night sky in the area is lit up more than you would have though the eruption would. (I have witnessed Mt. Saint Helens erupting from the interstate, the same day it blew up… I happened to be on a trip from Seattle to Pocatello….
Two different eruptions, but volcanoes erupting is something that is an honor to witness.
The one in Washington took many lives, so you have respect its power.
The Kīlauea eruption is something I recommend everyone who has a chance to go to the Big Island to witness.
The area also provides incredible Bortle numbers, that you can see the Milky Way with all its magnificence as well.
Drive with respect to others, and be safe, don’t forget a flashlight

Written 18 September 2023
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JDSoui
Tampa, FL6,495 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Had a fabulous experience. Each time at the park there is something new to see and new path to find. From the entrance, to the chain of craters road to the pull off areas to view and take in the sights or go for a hike. This is a great experience for all ages and activity levels.
Written 22 March 2023
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Rina M
Paradise Valley, AZ22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
To see the lava flow is simply a must experience in your life time. That’s new life making the island… I’d strongly suggest seeing it after sun set or couple of hours before dawn break. The glow in itself is gorgeous and you get to see all of the bright orange lava fountains and branches (that you can’t see in the day light); however, it’s good to see in the day light as well as it gives you the view of the crater and surrounding steam vents. I’d suggest viewing from both ends. East end (devastation trail) is a longer drive from the park entrance and is a 1.5 mile walk one way (on paved road) but seems to be closer to the crater. West end is a short drive and a short walk to the crater but seems to be further away. Also a lot more popular. Bring head lamps!
Written 5 February 2023
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fiamma11
Tysons Corner, VA4,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I have visited Kilauea a number of times and am always impressed. Whether red lava flows or just smoke, the visual impact the volcano has had is staggering. Everyone should Kilauea at least once. Nature is fascinating.
Written 17 November 2022
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Mike F
Antigo, WI354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This was so awesome! We finally made the night view after being there 3 times during the day. Just amazing and my kids loved it, even needed a potty break all the way back to the porta-potty's and wanted to walk all the way back! I was asked a few times if it was worth it, absolutely!!
Written 10 August 2022
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Marilyn M
Columbia, MD134 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It was disappointing because the volcano was not erupting. No red lava flows. Just cooled lava, rents in the earth, and steam. Other than the sheer size of the caldera, it was boring.
Written 7 May 2022
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barry1170
Benson, AZ236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Seeing the Halemaʻumaʻu caldera in the daytime and again at night is a truly amazing experience! Currently, there is an active small lake in the cadera and can be seen in a couple of different ways. The first is the Keanakako'I Overlook. The parking lot is at the Devastation Trail and there you have a one mile slightly uphill trek on the now closed section of the Old Crater Rim Drive to get to the overlook to see the active lava lake. Currently (4/28/2022) this the best view to see active lava. Again, if you have health issues (I have heart and lung diseases) and are not in good physical condition, I don't recommend this choice. ****This is a very popular spot and the parking lot fills up fast with folks coming to see the spectacle at night (highly recommeded). Get there early to secure a parking spot! So, the second best spot and easier to access is the Kilauea Overlook. It also has a small parking lot just off of Crater Rim Drive with a short walk to the overlook. You will not get a good view of the lava lake from here, but at night, the red glow from it is spectacular! It has been raining and cloudy a lot up there recently, but the clouds enhance the glow (see photos from 4/28/22).
Written 1 May 2022
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RealityEngaged
Kailua-Kona, HI44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We always enjoy going up to the Volcano National park and the whole area. Things had changed since we were there last but there is always something cool to see. Lots of vents but no flowing lava currently
Written 8 March 2022
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Lee L
83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Just to view it was an awesome sight. Smoke coming out and its huge mass.
Although the steam vents didn't have a lot coming out, once you step closer, you could feel the heat. We walked through the smaller crater and you could see the broken lava, looked like broken pavement. We just marveled at how awesome our God is and prayed that this volcano didn't start erupting while we were in the middle of it as much as we wanted to see active lava flow. The hike was not bad and the lava tube was fun to walk through. Then we drove all the way down to see the petrogliphs and the sea arches, quite a drive but once in a lifetime trip, might as well.
Written 26 July 2021
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