Madame Pele spits fire

What Madame Pele, goddess of the earth's volcanic fires, has built over the ages makes for an awe-inspiring discovery. You can spend a few hours, a day or a week in this national park and always find something breathtaking, beautiful and new.

Crater Rim
Crater Rim
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

From the steaming calderas to the lush jungle forests, this park is a veritable wonder to behold. Drive or walk through lava fields that were formed years ago and admire how the majestic fountains and lava flows of Kilauea steadily add to the Big Island's size.
Visitors will be pleased to note that Hawaii's most active drive-in volcano is also one of the world's safest.

Close to Lava Flow
Close to Lava Flow
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Within the park boundary are a variety of scenic drives, 150 miles of hiking trails, camp sites, a visitor centre, museum, observatory and art centre. If you are lucky you might even see the molten lava making its way to the sea. Check in at the park's Visitor Centre for maps, updates and directions to this magnificent display of nature at work.

Lava Meets the Sea
Lava Meets the Sea
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A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must as it is as diverse as the island itself. Hear all the legends of Madame Pele and walk through a lava tube. Self-guided trails also take hikers through the varied terrain and feature rare plants and birds. Always exercise caution near new flows and follow park ranger instructions at all times.