We stay in Volcano Village and spend consecutive days at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park every time we’re on the Big Island. Can’t miss it. It’s magical. Usually it’s drizzly (like Seattle) and much cooler due to elevation. This year we got lucky—not a drop of rain.
The active flow was further east, so inside the Park most roads and trails were open except for just west and south of Halema’uma’u Crater where that vent continually spews dangerous fumes.
My all-time favorite hike inside the Park is Kilauea Iki Crater. It’s not too long or too difficult. The circular trail starts high in thick forest with the most lovely bird songs, and descends to the dry, basaltic crater floor resembling the tops of cooked brownies, and finally back out through the thick forest with birds again at the end. Bring water! DO NOT MISS this gem.
(5″ x 6″ pen & watercolor pencil on moleskine® sketch paper)
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