Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Plan Your Visit

Operating Hours Seasons

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park is open 24 hours a day year-round, including ALL holidays. The Kīlauea Visitor Center is located on Crater Rim Drive off of Highway 11 between the 28 and 29 mile marker south of Hilo. Kīlauea Visitor Center is open daily from 7:45 a.m . to 5:00 p.m. Jaggar Museum is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit is located on Hwy 11, between mile markers 70 and 71 miles south of Hilo. The Kahuku Unit is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kahuku is closed on the first Saturday of each month, week days and federal holidays. "Born of Fire... Born of the Sea " is the featured 25 minute film that is shown in the Kīlauea Visitor Center on the hour throughout the day, starting at 9:00 a.m. with the last film shown at 4:00 p.m.. The Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association operates the park's two bookstores. Product sales benefit park programs. Hours of operation: Kīlauea Visitor Center 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Jaggar Museum 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. ph# (808) 985-6051. Volcano Art Center Gallery , located adjacent to the Kīlauea Visitor Center, is open from 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. daily.

Getting There


Hilo and Kona Airports are served by inter-island carriers: go!, Hawaiian, Island Air, Mokulele, and Pacific Wings.

In addition, international and mainland carriers also provide service to Kona International Airport. (There is no longer any major airline offering direct flights from the continental U.S. and Canada to Hilo, the nearest large city to the Park). Air Canada, American, Delta, Hawaiian, Japan, Northwest, U.S. Airways/America West, and United Airlines offer direct flights to Kona (100+miles - 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive to the Park).


Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is located on the island of Hawai'i. From Hilo: 30 miles southwest on Highway 11 (a 45 minute drive); from Kailua-Kona: 96 miles southeast on Highway 11 (2 to 2 1/2 hour drive), or 125 miles through Waimea and Hilo via highways 19 and 11 (2 1/2 to 3 hours).

Vehicles may be rented at the Hilo and Kona airports. Most major car rental companies are represented at both airports.

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