NEW Halemaʻumaʻu Viewing Area Opens at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
The Park service has opened a new Halema’uma’u viewing area just south of the Jagger Museum parking lot. When you park at the Overlook just follow the sidewalk to the right and you will come to a short path that leads to the new viewing point. This new area offers a slightly different viewing angle and lets you see more of what is going on inside the vent.
Kilauea Volcano has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983. These eruptions all start at the Pu’u ‘O’o vent, about 12 miles from the summit caldera.
The vent in Halema’uma’u crater located at Kilauea summit caldera opened up in March 2008. An explosion occurred in the night sending large pieces of rocks (the size of washing machines) blasting out of the crater floor. These rocks landed in areas up to 70 acres away from the crater! Ever since, Kilauea officially had a SECOND erupting vent. This was a very significant event in known scientific history! Prior to 2008, many scientists agreed that it was impossible for one volcano to have two eruptions at the same time.
Kilauea is the ONLY volcano in the world with two different eruptions occurring simultaneously!
This makes Kilauea Volcano (and Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park) the most visited park in Hawai’i. According to the NPS stats website of HVNP, there were OVER 1.8 million visitors in 2016 alone! Luckily, Volcano Inn is located conveniently just outside the park entrance. This makes it easy for you to enjoy the park during the day and relax at Volcano Inn by night.