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The Only Volcano Hotel in Hawaii

Experience the legacy of aloha. In partnership with the National Park Service, the Volcano House invites you on a journey through our land and culture. Enhanced by complimentary self-parking and WiFi, enjoy a different kind of vacation—one where you share an intimate encounter with an ever-evolving natural landscape. We're committed to sustainable initiatives including a recycling program, the sourcing of local foods, Hawaii Green Business certification, Environmental Management System certification, and partnering with both Waste Wise and Energy Star.


black and white photo of house and group of people on front porch

The original Volcano House is built—a simple, one-room shelter made of grass and native Ohia wood poles.

A four-bedroom wooden frame structure replaces the original hotel. Notable guests included Mark Twain, who recounted his stay in Roughing It: “Neat, roomy, well-furnished and a well-kept hotel. The surprise of finding a good hotel at such an outlandish spot startled me, considerably more than the volcano did.”

George “Uncle George” Lycurgus purchases an interest in the Volcano House Company and manages the Volcano House until 1921 when he sells his interest. He subsequently regains the hotel in 1932 and remains the manager until his death in 1960. He was known as the dean of Hawaiian hospitality and died at age 101 after 45-years of direct involvement with the Volcano House.

A fire destroys the entire hotel.

After the fire, Volcano House is rebuilt southwest of the original site as a 24-room wood and stone structure.

The Ohia Wing, the original National Park Service headquarters built in 1932, is added to the hotel (later converted for NPS use in 2010).

A new eight-room wing is added, expanding the hotel’s visitor capacity.

The Volcano House concession contract ends and the NPS makes significant health and safety upgrades to the building.

Major rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Volcano House, Namakanipaio Cabins, and Campground commence. 

One of the most beautiful hotels in Hawaii, the Volcano House hosts a grand reopening featuring completed cabins at Namakanipaio campground and Crater View Rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • ADA accessible rooms
  • Complimentary self-parking
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary daily local newspaper in lobby
  • Complimentary use of cruiser bicycle rentals
  • Electronic key card
    • Guided tours
    • Lending library
    • Non-smoking hotel
    • Retail shops & restaurants
    • Security

  • Wake up call service

Gift Shop
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Island Treasures

Volcano House is keeping the art of Hawaii alive with a collection of native arts, jewelry, and crafts made by local artisans. Stop by our gift shop for a token memento of a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Gift shop open daily from 8:00am - 8:00pm.

Gift Shop

Gift Shop