Jaggar Museum is the last location on the top portion of the Crater Rim Drive before coming to a dead end. The road block started in 2008 due to fumes erupting from within the Halema’uma’u Crater.
Although the museum is open from 10am – 8pm, the overlook outside the museum is open 24 hours for viewing. Pending weather, you can get fantastic night views of the lava glow and on most nights even the stars up above.
The museum has volcanic exhibits as well as beautiful artwork throughout. There are keiki-friendly educational exhibits and even a seismograph to show how earthquakes are measured. The museum also has another Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association book store for apparel, unique collectibles, posters and more!
Daily “Life on the Edge” Ranger Talk takes place daily at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 5:00 pm. They usually occur at the Uwēkahuna Overlook, just outside the Jaggar Museum. They talk about the geology of Kīlauea including different historical and recent events.
Recent History of Halema’uma’u Crater
Prior to March 2008, Halema’uma’u crater did not have a degassing vent. Halema’uma’u last had an explosive eruption in 1924 and lava eruption in 1982. On March 19th, 2008, a large explosion occurred in the night. That same explosion scattered rocks from the crater floor over 70 acres down wind of the area. This explosive event opened up a vent on Halema’uma’u`s crater floor, starting a new degassing eruption. Although it just looks like smoke, pieces of lava material, like Pele’s hair, is ejected from this vent, classifying it as an “eruption”. In March 2008, Kīlauea made world wide history as it is the first and only volcano in the world that has two different eruptions occurring concurrently!