Hawaii Volcanoes Fast Facts
How big is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
Hawaii Volcanoes covers a total area of 333,000 acres or 520 square miles. This number is growing as Kilauea erupts and adds new land to the park.
How many people visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
1,262,747 people visited Hawaii Volcanoes in 2021. A table showing all years can be found at Hawaii Volcanoes Visitation Stats.
When was Hawaii Volcanoes National Park created?
Hawaii Volcanoes was made a national park on August 1, 1916.
What are the highest and lowest elevations in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
Hawaii Volcanoes’ lowest point is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean. The highest point in Hawaii Volcanoes is 13,667 feet at the Mauna Loa summit.
What time zone is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located in?
Hawaii Volcanoes is in the Hawaii Time Zone.
How much does it cost to enter Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
$30 per private vehicle per week.
Five Random Facts About Hawaii Volcanoes
There are five volcanoes that make up the island of Hawaii. They are Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Kilauea has been erupting constantly since 1983. Mauna Loa last erupted in 1984.
On August 1, 1916, Hawaii National Park was created. This was a combination park of the volcanic areas on the islands of both Maui and the Big Island. On September 13, 1960, the parks were divided, with the land on Maui becoming Haleakala National Park and the land on the Big Island becoming Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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.
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.
Kilauea is a very active volcano and has caused extensive changes to the park in recent years. Buildings have been destroyed and roads have been covered in lava flows. Hundreds of acres of new land have been added to the park.
Where is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park?
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on the “Big Island” of Hawaii. The city of Hilo is the closest city of size. The aptly named town of Volcano is adjacent to the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Hawaii Volcanoes.