Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Perched on the rim of Kilauea caldera, Volcano House has captivated visitors since 1846 with its rich history, Hawaiian hospitality, and iconic location within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island. The park itself offers an extensive variety of activities and incredible sights to see. Experience staying within easy reach to the park where history is in the making.

Crater view of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii’s Most Inimitable Terrain

Made up of diverse terrain and ecosystems ranging from barren lava rockscapes to lush rainforests, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is also a refuge for native flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. With the National Park’s conservation efforts in place to protect the land, animals, history and culture, future generations can enjoy and appreciate the volcanic features, Hawaiian cultural and archeological remains, and scenic views within the park.

In recognition of its outstanding universal values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was designated an International Biosphere Reserve (1980) and a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1987).

Sign at the front of Thomas A. Jaggar Museum - National Park Service

Jaggar Museum & Overlook

Jaggar Museum is a museum on volcanology with several displays of the types of lava, eruption “by-product” displays, real-time monitors, equipment used by scientists in the past to study the volcano and working “state of the art” electronic seismographs. There are also Hawaiian cultural exhibits that demonstrate the close relationship of Pele to the land. The newly renovated overlook outside of the museum offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Kilauea Caldera with several interpretive displays about the volcano. Photo Courtesy of NPS

Nahuku - Thurston Lava Tube entrance with ferns and vines

Nahuku (Thurston Lava Tube)

Take a 50-yard walk in the dark through Nahuku, known as the Thurston Lava Tube, a 500-year old lava cave located within Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The geologic wonder is lit by electric lights and tropical rainforest awaits at the end.

Volcano Crater - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Kilauea

Kilauea is Hawaii’s most famous volcano and one of the world’s most active shield volcanoes. Known for its frequent eruptions, Kilauea means “spewing” in Hawaiian and Halemaumau is the home of Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of fire. The Puu Oo vent has been continuously erupting since 1983. Although it is only visible from a distance, the volcano draws millions of visitors from around the world to marvel at its prodigious and spectacular lava flows.

Lady and man riding bikes with backpacks and sunglasses

Explore the Park on Bicycle

Volcano House has a limited number of Cruiser bicycles available to lend free of charge to hotel guests. Pedal leisurely to the Steam Vents, the Jaggar Museum, or the Thurston Lava Tubes. Check them out from the Front Desk from 8:00 AM-5:00 PM.

Hikers walking through trails and cleared paths

Discover the Park by Foot

With so much to explore, it’s difficult to decide on what to see first! Check out the list of hikes, trail maps and tips provided by the National Park Service. At the park entrance is the Kilauea Visitor Center where rangers and volunteers are happy to provide visitors with the latest information on the current eruption, hiking information, things to do and the daily schedule of ranger-led activities. Photo Courtesy of NPS

For special tips and information about viewing the lava flow, visit our Q&A page where local area experts answer some frequently asked questions!