Summer in Hawai'i always starts with the celebration of King Kamehameha Day! On June 11th, we honor the great strength and intelligence that Kamehameha the Great displayed in his unification of the Kingdom of Hawai'i. Read more about his contributions, and how we're celebrating King Kamehameha's legacy at the Volcano Art Center all month long!
Not all volcanoes are created equal! Here, we look at the key differences that make the Big Island's volcanoes much safer than Krakatoa, Hunga Tonga, and some of the more dangerous volcanoes around the world
With a deeper understanding of Hawaii’s volcanoes, we can all safely explore and enjoy Kīlauea, Mauna Loa, and beyond! And since January is Volcano Awareness Month, it’s the best time of year to learn more about the 6 (yes, six!) volcanoes on the Big Island!
Madam Pele has taken up residence in Kīlauea Volcano once more, and Halemaʻumaʻu crater’s lava lake isn’t the only proof of her presence. For over a century, many claim to have encountered her white dog days before an eruption. You can read more about some of our favorite tales of Pele’s dog in today’s blog!
Kīlauea is erupting again and the plumes of steam and glow of the lava lake can once more be seen in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park! Witnessing the volcano’s eruption is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you can enjoy safely. Here we share our favorite viewpoints for seeing the eruption, how to stay safe while visiting the park and more!
April showers bring May flowers, but according to a Hawaiian story, it’s the ʻōhiʻa lehua’s flowers that bring showers. Read more about origins of this belief, the iconic ʻōhiʻa’s intrinsic part in Hawaiian culture, and what we can all do to protect these endemic trees.
May Day is Lei Day in Volcano and all across Hawai'i Nei! Can't celebrate in person? Check out Tutu's tips for crafting, displaying, and exchanging the perfect May Day Lei and celebrating this colorful Hawaiian holiday!
Make your Hawaii vacation a sustainable adventure. Ecotourism allows you to experience places like the Big Island without disturbing the ecosystem or making a negative impact on the environment.
Find rare avian life while hiking on the Kipukapuaulu Trail (Bird Park). Don’t miss seeing and hearing the array of stunning birds on this kīpuka on the slopes of Hawaii Island’s Mauna Loa.
Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) has reopened! A favorite attraction in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, read more about what happened while it was closed to the public for a year... and how to explore the lava tube yourself!
The Ka’ū Desert is located in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island. It’s a remote area with little foot traffic, lots of mesmerizing landscape, and some mysterious footprints. Read more about hiking the Kaʻū Desert Trail to the Kamakai'a Hills, taking the Maunaiki Trail to the Twin Pit Craters, and a rugged trail that leads to Pele’s hair.
The Volcano Art Center is at the heart of Volcano Village, an artist's community on Hawaii Island. Nestled within the Niaulani Rain Forest, the Center operates a thriving fine arts gallery that showcases the handcrafted artwork of more than 230 local artists. Tour the native rainforest, explore the outdoor sculpture garden, or take a class at the Center’s Hale Ho’omana!