Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, is a United States National Park located in the U.S. State of Hawaiʻi on the island of Hawaiʻi. It displays the results of hundreds of thousands of years of volcanism, migration, and evolution—processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct Ancient Hawaiian culture. Kīlauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, and Mauna Loa, the most massive, offer scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors' views of dramatic volcanic landscapes. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has been designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987.
Kīlauea Iki is a smaller caldera located next to the larger more active Kīlauea caldera. Since the Kīlauea caldera floor has been closed to hikers due to volcanic activity, Kīlauea Iki is as close as you're going to get. The Kīlauea Iki trail starts on the crater rim and drops down to the caldera floor. You get to walk across the entire breadth of the caldera floor seeing different kinds of lava, stream vents, sulphur, and all that volcanic goodness.
An island of forest that has been encircled by lava flows.
Napau Trail to Puʻu Huluhulu
Hike across lava to a crater.
Walk through an area concentrated with stream vents. The vents are piles of rocks and out of them pumps a constant flow steam and sulphur dioxide. You can get up right next to them. The gas coming out of them is warm to hot and suffocating. The rocks are covered in a coating of crystalline sulphur.
Thurston Lava Tube
Hike through a lava tube left by an underground flow of molten lava. The tube is completely dark so bring a flashlight.
Any interesting history for the region?
What are the standout bushwalking features?
How do you get there? Include all access points if there are many?
Which maps cover the region?
Where can I stay there? or near there?