Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

About The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on The Big Island of Hawaii

Volcanoes  National Park of Hawaii, including the Kīlauea Visitor Center, is a combination of lush rain forest with great hiking trails along with volcanic craters.  The Kīlauea Visitor Center is where we suggest you start out at and make sure to talk to the friendly and informative Park Rangers.  Once you get your bearings, make sure to view the films at The Visitors Center and learn about the volcanic eruptions of 2018. Also make sure you visit the Kaū Desert Wilderness.

The Kilauea-Crater can be viewed from several areas
in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on The Big Island consists of of over 300,000 acres. This Park cover the land from the summit of Maunaloa to the Pacific Ocean. Over 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, rain forests and scalded deserts. Plus the Park’s Visitor Center, petroglyphs and two volcanoes: Maunaloa, which last erupted in 1984 and Kilauea which has been erupting since January 3, 1983 and had a big eruption in April of 2018.

Thomas Jaggar – Some History

An earthquake killed 125,000 people in 1908 in Italy near Mt. Etna.  Jaggar, a geologist, lectured in support of systematic, ongoing studies of seismic and volcanic activities . In 1909 he traveled to Hawaii and lectured on his Martinique expedition in Honolulu. Jaggar was approached by a prominent Hawaiian name Thurston. They determined that Kīlauea was a perfect spot for a permanent volcano observatory. Together with other prominent Hawaiians they created the Hawai’i Volcano Research Association. An initial observing station was set up on the rim of Halema’uma’u crater. Support from M.I.T. alumnus in 1912 was the momentum that started the construction of the new Hawai’i Volcano Observatory (HVO).  Jaggar’s passion kept him going and he was the Director of HVO until 1940.

Make sure you visit the spectacular Hawai’i  Volcanoes National Park.  We strongly suggest you also visit the view points all our The Park where the  volcanoes created The Park from the molten lava percolating out of the Center of our Planet!