Kilauea Visitor Center at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Kīlauea Visitor Center
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Stop by the Kīlauea Visitor Center to get the latest eruption information, maps and day hike trail guides, safety precautions, road conditions, and more from the rangers at the front desk. Check out which ranger guided tours are available that day, which can vary daily. Watch this parks’ famous “Born of Fire, Born of the Sea” movie on the hour (every hour from 9:00 am – 4:00pm) or the eruption update on every half hour. They also play historic footage from the highest recorded fountaining eruption in 1959 which happened at the Kīlauea Iki crater. That 20 minute film plays at 11:30am and 2:30pm. While at the Kīlauea Visitor Center, visit the Hawai’i Pacific Parks Association book store for unique collectibles, posters and more!
FREE Scheduled Daily Ranger Guided Tours:
Exploring the Summit hike
Daily 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
On this short 1 mile round trip paved walk, rangers share a little about the ecology and geology that is unique to Hawai’i. This walk usually takes 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. It is a great way to learn more about the surroundings through a free interpretive guided hike.
How it All Began
Daily 9:30 am & 3:30 pm
This short 20-30 minute geology talk takes place just outside the Kīlauea Visitor Center at the Hawai’i Island Map. Although this area is outside, it is fully covered so everyone can enjoy, even on a rainy Volcano day. Rangers share about how the Hawaiian Islands came to be, and what the current eruptions are doing.
Outside of the daily scheduled hikes and talks listed above, the rangers usually do an additional hike or talk daily.
Check with KVC Rangers for what ranger guided tours are offered when you visit.