Because Someday…I Want to Visit an Island Forged by the Power of Volcanoes
Emerging from the sea millions of years ago, Hawaii is home to one of the few places on earth you can come face to face with an active volcano. Not for the faint of heart but truly unforgettable, a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should be on the list of any first time visitor or return traveler. Located on the big island of Hawaii 45 minutes southwest of Hilo the park is home to two volcanoes, Maunaloa and one of the most active on earth, Kilauea.
The park itself is 333,000 acres from summit to the sea. Offering 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, deserts and rainforests. While Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, Kilauea hasn’t stopped erupting since 1983. The prolific volcano produces between 6,750,000 and 17,550,000 cubic foot of lava per day. That’s enough to resurface a 20-mile, two lane road every day. Since January 1994 almost 500 acres of new land have been created from Kilauea’s lava flowing to meet the sea. Scientists say it could last another 100 year OR end tomorrow
.It is suggested to begin your visit at the Kilauea Visitor Center for their hourly film which introduces the park. You will learn important information like – If it looks hot, It is hot! Don’t touch it. You can do a guided ranger talk or just pick up maps and learn about the different hike options.
Driving Crater Rim Drive, 10.6 mile drive, will take you to the Kilauea overlook, Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater known as the home of Pele the volcano goddess, Devastation Trail where Pele’s hair and Pele’s tears can be seen as well as the Thurston Lava Tube which is a lava cave formed 500 years ago and ends in a tropical rainforest. This is a great way to spend at least one day of your visit to Hawaii!
A visit to volcanoes is a must do while in Hawaii and AAA can help you plan this memorable vacation. Visit a nearby AAA Travel Office or give us a call at 800-444-8691 today!