Special Events in Volcanoes National Park

After Dark In The Park
To the casual visitor, Volcanoes National Park may look like nothing more than a giant rock waiting to explode. The truth, however, is that this sacred ground has a long and fascinating history extending all the way back to its original Polynesian inhabitants, and it's a history that comes alive with After Dark In the Park. A bi-monthly presentation in the Kilauea Visitor Center, After Dark is hosted by a variety of speakers and lecturers that delve into the rich culture and history of not only Volcanoes Park, but the island of Hawaii itself. Make a point of swinging by the Visitor Center to learn more about the namesakes of Volcanoes Park and how they affect their homeland to this day.

Kahuku History Hike
Also known as the "People and Land of Kahuku" hike, this two-mile journey is a special trip through some of Hawaii's earliest settlements. Not only will you get an up-close-and-a-personal taste of true Hawaiian history, but you'll also enjoy stunning scenery from the ruggedly beautiful landscapes of Kahuku. Your hike will take you through everything from lava fields to a disconnected radar station from WWII! Grab your backpack and get ready, because you won't find a more authentic island experience than this.

Crater Rim Drive
If you prefer a more air-conditioned visit, take a ride through Crater Rim Drive. This trail will take you around the summit, through the rain forest and right to the edge of a real Volcanoes Park crater. You'll also pass the Volcano Art Center and even the Volcano House Hotel if you feel like staying the night! There's a lot to see and do in Volcanoes National Park, so you may decide it's worth the extra time for shopping, sightseeing and good old-fashioned souvenir hunting.

Want to make a difference in the ecosystem of Hawaii? With the Kīpuka'akihi tour, not only will you enjoy a fun, heart-pumping hike through hills, pits and lava rocks, but you'll also have the chance to leave Hawaii in a better state than you found it. With the help of your rangers and fellow tourists, you'll lend a hand in the removal of kahili ginger and other invasive plants that threaten the environmental stability of Kīpuka'akihi. It's a great way to give meaning to your trip and excellent insurance that the island will still be there, clean and fresh, for your next vacation!