Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 335,259 acres or about 523 square miles from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea. Kīlauea ranks among the world's most active volcanoes and may even top the list. During this visit, you'll experience geological features such as steam vents, sulfur banks and driving along the crater rim.
Hilo Town: Drive through the historic and graceful town of Hilo, reminiscent of the charm of "Old Hawaii". Downtown Hilo was built around its crescent-shaped bay and became the seat of county government. Today, Downtown Hilo is a charming town offering museums, art galleries, shops and restaurants.
Banyan Drive: Experience Banyan Drive, known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame" for the banyan trees planted by celebrities in years gone by. The trees honor movie stars, religious leaders, political leaders, famous authors, adventurers and local Hawaiians.
Liliuokalani Gardens: We'll also drive by peaceful Liliuokalani Gardens, the largest authentic ornamental Japanese garden outside of Japan. This beautifully landscaped park features arching bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse, it was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii's first Japanese immigrants who worked in the island of Hawaii's sugar cane fields.
What to Bring: Reusable water bottle, comfortable walking shoes, sweater, camera, and credit/debit card or cash for additional purchases.
Good to Know: There is rough terrain, some steps and uneven surfaces. Volcano National Park does not sell bottled water to help with recycling. There are a few rainwater faucets for guests to refill their own bottles or they may purchase cups/bottles in the gift shop.