Hawaii Volcanoes

Hawaii Volcanoes Fast Facts

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park covers a total area of 333,000 acres
  • The number of people visiting Hawaii Volcanoes in 2016 was 1,887,580 *
  • Hawaii Volcanoes was made a national park on August 1, 1916
  • The lowest elevation found in Hawaii Volcanoes is 0 feet at the Pacific Ocean
  • The highest elevation found in Hawaii Volcanoes is 13,667 feet at Mauna Loa Summit
  • The entrance fee for Hawaii Volcanoes is $15 per vehicle per week
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park lies in the Hawaii time zone
  • We last visited Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in November 2015
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Hawaii Volcanoes Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Hawaii Volcanoes

  • On August 1, 1916, Hawaii National Park was 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 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.
  • 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.
  • The current eruption of Kilauea has destroyed 187 buildings, including the Wahaula Visitor Center, as of 2014. About 500 acres of new land have been added to the island.

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.


Main Entrance
(19.430045754278147, -155.28354567359202)

More About Hawaii Volcanoes

We have pages on all sorts of things about Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, HD Video Clips, and pages to buy Books and Trail Maps. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.