a Lava Outbreak
Welcome to Madame Peles dwelling. She is goddess
of the volcano. Volcanoes National Park has one entrance,
off Route 11, 30 miles south from Hilo or 95 miles east
from Kona. The park is open 24 hours a day all year
round and requires a $10.00 entrance fee per vehicle
which is valid for 7 consecutive days. The hiker/bicyclist/bus
passenger fee for people over 16 and under 62 is $5.00.
When you enter the park during daytime hours you will
receive a park brochure at the entrance station. If
you enter the park after hours you may pick up the brochure
at the Kilauea Visitor Center which is located a quarter
mile from the entrance on Crater Rim Drive. The visitor
center is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Visitors
are encouraged to take the time to carefully read the
park regulations and guidelines. The volcano fumes that
exist in the park may create a health hazard for pregnant
women, infants and people with heart or respiratory
problems. People at risk should avoid stopping at the
Sulphur Banks, Halema'uma'u Crater and other areas where
volcanic fumes are present.
Enters the Sea
Overnight trips in the park require a backcountry permit
that can be obtained at no charge at the Kilauea Visitor
Center. Once inside the park enjoy the 25-minute movie
on eruptions shown hourly at the visitor's center. Other
attractions are the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum three miles
inside the park along Crater Rim Drive, The Volcano
House, Thurston Lava Tube and scenic vistas. Depending
on the timing of your visit you might have a chance
to see the volcano erupting. A 45 minute drive to the
end of Chain of Craters Road and a short hike will get
you to the most recent lava flow area. The new coastline
is unstable and can collapse into the sea at anytime
without warning. Obey all park signs. Do not enter any
closed areas! The park also offers many other hiking
opportunities which are mapped out in the park brochure.
A reminder to drive slowly and carefully while touring
the park as it will help to protect Hawaii's endangered
state bird, the nene.
Hawaii State bird/Nene.
Puu Oo vent.
Lava covered road.