1916: National Park
About the SiteAre you kidding me? Massive volcanoes, hot lava, new land being formed as you watch? What can be more fascinating that Mother Nature in action? From the time humans first came upon the Hawaiian Islands, huge Mauna Loa and fiery Kilauea have held special fascination. This park can explain all of the geography of the Hawaiian chain - all because of a blowtorch of magma far below our feet that pierces the earth's crust.
What You're Going to SeeVisitors must take care not to get too close to the active lava. Although slow-moving, the cooling lava can form treacherous shelves that mislead one into a feeling of safety. So stay back and enjoy it from a distance. But there's much more to the park than hot lava - take one of the many trails and walk through the tunnels, natural tubes left behind by flows of years past. Travel through a rain forest, or be brave enough to climb Mauna Loa.
Personal ObservationsHawaii is beautiful. I've been one time but the memories of paradise are imprinted on my mind.
Getting ThereFrom Hilo, go 30 miles southwest on Highway 11.
Nearby AttractionsOn the other side of the island of Hawaii you'll find Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, and Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site. Maui has Haleakala National Park, Oahu has the USS Arizona Memorial, and Molokai has Kalaupapa National Historical Park.