Spend a day discovering the Puna District, this area on the eastern tip of Hawaii Island stretches from the sea to the 4,000-foot summit of Kilauea volcano. On the coast you’ll find roiling ocean, black-sand beaches and a spring warmed by the volcano’s steam. Towards the volcano you’ll find rain forests, steam vents and the rugged landscapes of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Home to Kilauea Volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
- Historic Kailua Village (Kailua-Kona): Lively, historic gathering place in the heart of Kona.
- Hilo: Home to botanical gardens, waterfalls and off-the-beaten-path local shops and restaurants.
- Waimea: Experience the cool uplands of paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) country.
- Holualoa: Visit coffee country and taste why 100% Kona coffee is so famous.
Lava Trees State Park
Take the 0.7-mile loop trail in this 17-acre State Monument to view the unusual lava molds of tree trunks. In the 1700’s, lava flow swept through the area, coating the trunks of Ohia trees, leaving tall lava molds of the tree trunks in their wake, frozen in time.
An easy walk through Lava Trees State Park, this is your chance to see and take photos of the work of Pele (the volcano goddess) and her amazing sculpture garden. Restrooms and picnic tables are available.
Location: Pahoa-Pohoiki Road (Hwy 132) 2.7 miles South East of Pahoa.
In 1990, lava from Kilauea volcano engulfed Kalapana, a historic Hawaiian fishing village and residential area, as well as the famous black sand beach at Kaimu. Pele, the volcano goddess, also destroyed Hawaii’s oldest heiau (temple), two subdivisions and several miles of public highway. No lives were lost, but 182 homes were swallowed by lava.
Today there’s an entirely new coastline here with a few poignant traces of the town that once thrived here. A visit to Kalapana is a sobering reminder of the raw power of Pele.
Location: At the end of Hwy 130 in Puna.
Volcano Village is home to independent spirits: farmers, creative minds, inquisitive scientists and those who seek inspiration in the peace of the rain forest and the power of nature's might.
Volcano Village is more than just a stop along the way. Notable glass blowers, painters and ceramic artists have made their home among the towering pine trees and endemic ohia Llehua. Take time to browse the galleries, or stretch your legs as you enjoy a delicious meal.
Location: 5 minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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