Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National ParkThis National Park was created in 1916 on the big island of Hawaii and encompasses an area of 505 square miles. Over one half is considered wilderness where visitors can hike and camp. In acknowledgment of the park's extraordinary biological importance, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was named as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, shows the effect of 70 million years of volcanic movement, and development processes that launched a desolate area from the ocean dressed it with a distinct ennvironmenal system, and a different kind of human society. This National Park has two of the planet's most dramatically active volcanoes, Mauna Loa and Kilauea. This evolution brings to light the emergence of the Hawaiian Islands, and scenes of an extraordinary volcanic land.


The Hawaiian Island weather is very inconsistent as the locals know, so vacationers should be well-prepared for all conditions with raingear, layered attire and good walking shoes or boots for comfort and protection. Temperatures change with height. Weather at Kilauea's highest point (4000' elevation) changes daily and may be rainy and chilled any time during the year. At the top of volcanoes temperatures may be 12 to 15 sums cooler than at sealevel. The shoreline at the end of Chain of Craters Road, where lava is going into the sea, is frequently hot, dry, and breezy with the likelihood of showers.


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