Nāhuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Take a stroll through this beautiful lava tube and the surrounding forest. A quick stop that's easily accessible to most visitors.
The Nahuku lava tube (also known as the Thurston lava tube) is a great, easily accessible lava tube for Park visitors to explore. At the time of this writing, access to the tube is restricted following the seismic activity during the 2018 eruption, but check with the visitor's center to see if the…
This iconic lava tube walkthrough can get busy with crowds of people and tour buses. The parking lot is often at maximum capacity. However this spot should not be missed. Go first thing in the morning or last thing in the afternoon on your way to see the Glow from the Jagger Museum
Part of Volcano National Park. Very accessible lava tube, with railing and lights. Lava tubes are formed by flowing lava underground. It is a short tube but worth the side trip! NOTE: this may be closed due to recent volcanic activity
A 20 minute 1/3 mile walk through a tree fern forest and lighted prehistoric cavelike lava tube.
Point of Interest
“Beautiful bay to snorkeling. Please make sure that you use reef safe sun screen. Our corals are dying due to higher levels of sunscreen chemicals in an ocean”
“Located in the Volcanoes National Park. Cabins are restricted to military families, but the bowling alley (with cafe), restaurant, general store (with souvenirs) and bar are open to all park visitors.”
“Tasty but pricey option for fresh, authentic Thai food right in Volcano Village. Dine in or take out.”
“Kaimū was a small town that was completely destroyed by an eruptive flow of lava from the Kūpaʻianahā vent of the Kīlauea volcano in 1990. In Hawaiian, kai mūmeans "gathering [at the] sea" as to watch surfing. Today you can enjoy the short walk from the parking area to the new black sand beach being formed. This beautiful spot is a humbling reminder of the forces at work on the Big Island and the constant process of renewal that the people here live with day to day.”
“What a great hike through an ancient volcano crater! Bring hat, sunglasses, water. 4 miles round-trip. Start at the "wrong end" aka go counter-clock-wise and the hike is a lot easier!!”