Welcome to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, a land of fire and fury where families can witness the raw power of nature in action. From towering volcanoes to lush rainforests and rugged coastlines, this iconic park offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration. Here are eight reasons why Hawai’i Volcanoes is the perfect destination for families:

Kīlauea Caldera: Begin your journey at Kīlauea Caldera, one of the most active volcanic craters in the world. Take a scenic drive along Crater Rim Drive or hike the Crater Rim Trail for panoramic views of the caldera and the surrounding volcanic landscape.

Thurston Lava Tube: Explore the Thurston Lava Tube, a subterranean tunnel formed by flowing lava thousands of years ago. Walk through the cool, dimly lit cave and marvel at the unique rock formations and eerie atmosphere.

Jaggar Museum: Visit the Thomas A. Jaggar Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the geology and history of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. Discover interactive exhibits, volcanic artifacts, and stunning views of the erupting Halema’uma’u Crater.

Chain of Craters Road: Drive the scenic Chain of Craters Road for a journey through the park’s diverse landscapes. Stop at overlooks and trailheads along the way to explore volcanic craters, lava fields, and coastal cliffs.

Pu’u Loa Petroglyphs: Discover the ancient petroglyphs at Pu’u Loa, one of the largest and most sacred petroglyph fields in Hawai’i. Walk the easy, family-friendly trail to view thousands of intricate rock carvings etched into the volcanic rock.

Devastation Trail: Hike the Devastation Trail for a glimpse into the aftermath of past volcanic eruptions. Trek through a stark landscape of barren lava fields and twisted trees, and learn about the forces that shape the island’s ever-changing terrain.

Hiking Trails: Explore the park’s network of hiking trails, ranging from easy strolls to challenging treks. Discover hidden waterfalls, lush rainforests, and panoramic viewpoints as you explore the diverse ecosystems of Hawai’i Volcanoes.

Junior Ranger Program: Engage the whole family in Hawai’i Volcanoes’ Junior Ranger Program, where kids can learn about volcano science, Hawaiian culture, and conservation through fun and interactive activities. Upon completion, they’ll receive a badge and a sense of pride in protecting this unique natural treasure.

With its fiery landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and opportunities for outdoor adventure, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park offers families a chance to connect with nature and create memories that will last a lifetime. Pack your sense of adventure, camera, and spirit of exploration, and prepare for an unforgettable journey into the heart of Hawai’i’s volcanic wilderness.



When we landed in Hilo it was evening and dark. We rented a car and drove towards Hawai’i Volcanoes. When we got to the park we got ready to take our picture and video in front of the sign. We were so excited because this was our 50th national park together as a family. As we drove on our way to our lodging, we saw a faint orange and pink glow. We stopped the car, turned off the lights and saw the night sky with very little light pollution. The stars were bright and we had yet to understand what that glow was. We arrived at our bed and breakfast and went to sleep….

Canceled 12/29/2013