Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
333,000 acres
Annual Visitation
1,483,928 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
August 1, 1916
Entrance Fee
$10 per car per week
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
0 feet at Pacific Ocean
Highest Elevation
13,667 feet at Mauna Loa Summit
Lowest Average Temp
50F in January
Record Low Temp
31F in 1983
Highest Average Temp
73F in September
Record High Temp
93F in 1983
Our Last Visit
August 2009

Park Contact Information

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
PO Box 52, Hawaii National Park, HI 96718
Info at (808) 985-6000
Fax to (808) 985-6004

Park Creation Timeline

On August 1, 1916, Hawaii National Park is created. This is a combination park of the volcanic areas on the islands of both Maui and the Big Island.
On September 13, 1960, the islands are divided, with the land on Maui becoming Haleakala National Park and the land on the Big Island becoming Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
International Biosphere Reserve status is given to the park by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as Hawaiian Islands, along with Haleakala National Park.
The park is named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).

Animals and Plants

There are no large mammals in the park. The only land mammals are several species of rat, and several domestic animals let go feral. All land mammal life on the island was brought by man and many have been quite destructive. The only known native mammals are bats and seals.
The only native reptile is the sea turtle. Some others have been brought by man, such as chameleons.
With the exception of migrants, all birds in Hawaii are endemic, that is, they exist nowhere else. The most well-known is the nene, the Hawaiian goose, and the state's official bird. It is critically endangered, having been brought to the brink by the devastation caused by introduced species.
With an elevation change of more than 13,000 feet, plants are widely varied through climates ranging from desert to tropical rain forest. There are at least 1,000 native species of flowering plants in Hawaii. 90% of these are endemic, found only in Hawaii. 30% are threatened or endangered, again because of the devastation of invasive species and over-grazing by domestic animals who have no predators in Hawaii.

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