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Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution - processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with unique ecosystems, and a distinct human culture. The park highlights two of the world's most active volcanoes, and offers insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
Hours + Fees
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round. Kilauea Visitor Center is open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Jaggar Museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Kilauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum:
December 25 - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
January 1 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Eruption Viewing Area (end of Chain of Craters Road)
Staff on site:
December 24 and 25 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
December 31 and January 1 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
"Born of Fire... Born of the Sea" is the featured 25 minute film that is shown in the Kilauea Visitor Center on the hour throughout the day, starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last film shown at 4:00 p.m..
The Hawai`i Natural History Association operates the park's two bookstores. Product sales benefit park programs. Hours of operation: Kilauea Visitor Center 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Jaggar Museum 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily. Phone:(808) 985-6051.
Volcano Art Center Gallery, located adjacent to the Kilauea Visitor Center, is open from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Volcano House, located across the street from the Kilauea Visitor Center, operates a hotel, restaurant, snack bar, and gift shops.
Map + Directions
Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park is located on the Big Island of Hawai`i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours).