If you love it when nature builds things "new", you will love the Puna Region of the Big Island of Hawai'i! The Puna Region enjoys the benefits of a richness in rain fed spring water, plus a general proximity to the volcanic activity of the Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The volcanoes in the park generate raw material (lava) for Island making. The constant tidal action at the shore as the lava extends into the sea, creates wonderful new black sand beaches, and natural visible art forms that can not be created elsewhere. You can literally experiece the very forces that created all the Hawaiian Islands at work today, and see with your own eyes the way how nature takes hold and life begins again.
Access to the Puna Region is a breeze from the City of Hilo, and you can enjoy a wide variety of beach adventures ranging from great surfing to the simple relaxation of enjoying a volcanic heated tide pool, to soothe your muscles and relax your spirit. Miles of vacant Puna Beaches await you here, and if you enjoy that feeling of being by yourself Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. and with nature you have come to the right place.
Another rich dimension to the Puna Region is the abundance of flora and fauna within easy reach of the beach. The classic hawaiian coconut tree lined beach is available without searching far, and the air in Puna is world renowned for its absence of metropolitan influence.
If you are looking for an authentic Hawai'i ambience and cultural feel - come to Puna and enjoy the vibe.
Hawai'i Vocanoes National ParkDiscover a dynamic and ever-changing landscape from Mountain to Sea
• Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Trip Planner (.pdf)
HAWAI‘I VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK encompasses 323,431 acres (130,888 hectares) of dynamic, ever-changing environments including alpine, rain forest, desert, active volcanism, and rugged coastline. Explore the harsh, hot, and windy environment of the coast or experience higher elevations on Mauna Loa, where plants and animals struggle to survive in temperatures as low as
10° Farenheit (or -12° C).
What To Do With Your Day... Approaching the Park
First stop at the visitor center for current information on trails, roads, interpretive programs, weather, or to watch the park orientation movie.
If You Have 1 to 2 Hours
Explore the summit of Kīlauea volcano via Crater Rim Drive. This road passes lush tropical rain forest, views of the currently active summit caldera, and provides access to well-marked scenic stops and short walks. Visit the Jaggar Museum for exhibits on the geology of Hawaiian volcanoes. (Note: the south section of Crater Rim Drive is closed due to high levels of volcanic gases.
If You Have 2 to 4 Hours
In addition to Crater Rim Drive, explore the East Rift Zone and coastal area of the park via the Chain of Craters Road. This road descends 3,700 feet (1,128 m) in 18 miles (29 km) and ends where a 2003 lava flow crossed the road. Lava flow activity is always changing. Check at the Kīlauea Visitor Center for the most current information. No food, water, or fuel is available along the Chain of Craters Road.
If You Want to Get Out of the Car and Hike
The true character of the park is best discovered on foot. With over 150 miles (240 km) of trails in the park, exploration by walking and hiking can be a fascinating and enjoyable experience.