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Volcanoes in Hawaii

Hawaii emerged from the sea millions of years ago, forged by the power of volcanoes. Over time, volcanoes have formed some of our most iconic landscapes. Today, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii is one of the few places in the world where visitors can come face to face with an active volcano—a truly unforgettable experience. 

Hawaii’s main volcanoes are “shield” volcanoes, which produce lava flows that form gently sloping, shield-like mountains. A good example is Maunaloa, the most massive mountain on earth, deceptively covering half of Hawaii Island. Standing with this sleeping giant beneath your feet will give you a greater respect for earth’s ever-changing landscapes.


Hawaii’s Active Volcanoes

Two of the world's most active volcanoes - Kilauea and Maunaloa - can be found on Hawaii Island. Maunaloa last erupted in 1984, and Kilauea's last eruption was 1983-2018. Other volcanoes on Hawaii Island include: Maunakea, Hualalai, and Kohala. Other landmark volcanoes in the State include:  Leahi (Diamond Head), Oahu and Haleakala, Maui.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Discover 150 miles of hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests, as well as petroglyphs, a walk-in lava tube and one of the most active volcanoes on earth, Kilauea, which has been erupting since 1983. 

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