Family time on an active volcano in Hawai’i

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There is a lot to do at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park; you could spend days there exploring and hiking and still not make it through the entire park. However, to see an active volcano up close is such an amazing experience.

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.

The drive there, depending on where you are coming from can be mostly blue skies and beautiful ocean views like we had the first time we visited.  You could also be coming from the other side of the island where It doesn’t look like it’ll be a lovely day out.

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Monkey Pod Tree
Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Beautiful blue ocean to see.

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more. Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.

If you are coming from the Kona side of the island, the drive down there was beautiful in every way possible. You get to see the coastline, fields, mountains, and so much more. Once you get to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, you know you are driving up the mountain and at one point you reach 4000 feet!

There are many sites to see while there, and it is best if you decide to spend the entire day there and see as much as possible.  There is even a hotel you can stay at, which we may need to do one day so that we can go to the Volcano Crater and see the glow of the lava coming out of the top.

Active Volcano

Steam Vents

These are cool to see; you can see the steam coming up from the ground in many spots, and you do have to be very careful, it’s HOT!  All part of being on an active volcano!

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Steam Vents
Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Steam vents in the fields

Halema‘uma‘u and the eruptive vent

What a site! The crater is just massive and you can walk around most of it, there is a spot where they have it closed off due to the steam coming out of it.  There are even spots where you can hike across parts of the crater. You can’t go to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and not see the main part of the active volcano!

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Halema‘uma‘u and the eruptive vent

Thurston Lava Tube

The lava tube is awesome to walk through.  Just think about walking through a huge, dark, tunnel.  It’s wet in there and knowing that lava once flowed through there is just amazing.  These tubes are all over the island and you can even find them on the roadside.  They were created when the outer lava hardens before the middle lava flow does, leaving a tunnel for the lava to flow through.  Then they are hollow when the lava is done flowing.

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Lava Tube Entrance

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more. Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more. Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more. Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.

Hiking

There are a ton of hiking trails throughout the park. Some go through forests, some across craters, and some are just out in the open for hiking from one location to the next.

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.
Hiking the trails of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Taking a family trip to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park to see an active volcano, do some hiking, check out the lava tubes, and so much more.

We’ll definitely be making another trip there to explore more of the park but also so that we can go over to the area where you can actually see the lava flow into the ocean!

10 Comments

  1. Liz
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    June 26, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I forgot how beautiful Hawaii is … I used to go with my family, but many years ago! You’re living the dream :).

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    • Shawn Ann

      June 28, 2015 at 7:41 am

      You need to come back and see how beautiful it is now that you are grown and can really appreciate it.

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  2. Ashleigh
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    June 28, 2015 at 5:06 am

    OMG, those photos are amazing. I am loving seeing your posts! I would love to live somewhere like that!
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    • Shawn Ann

      June 28, 2015 at 7:40 am

      The pictures just don’t do the island justice. It is so beautiful here and we get to see something new all the time. It’s amazing and you definitely have to find a way to visit Hawaii, at least once.

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  3. Ron Leyba
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    June 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Oh my, what a beautiful place and view. Love your photos. Isn’t it scary to walk at that LAVA TUBE? Great adventure and experience nonetheless.
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    • Shawn Ann

      June 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm

      It was interesting walking through the Lava Tube, thankfully those tubes haven’t had lava in them in hundreds of years.

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  4. Rachel
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    June 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Hey I’ve been to those places. The volcano was very active when we were there. It was quite the sight to see. Much better than any fireworks. Can’t wait to hear more.

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  5. Amanda m
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    June 28, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    We haven’t been to HAwaii but we saw craters from volcanos in Mauritius, the world is always changing,
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  6. […] With a small $5 fee to enter the park, you have access to so much. Yes, you’ll probably want to take a couple of days to get through the entire park, but at $5 to enter the park and it being open 24 hours a day you can’t go wrong. There is so much to see and do here. You can spend multiple days just hiking and not make it through the entire park. Though you must check out the Steam Vents and Lava Tunnels. You can even have great family time at an active volcano in Hawai’i. […]

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  7. […] more things to do here than any of the other Hawai’i islands. We have beaches, rainforests, volcanoes, botanical gardens, a small zoo, lots of hiking, lava fields, and so much more. Best thing, most of […]

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