Sunday Walk in the Park

Hiking Kilauea Iki – Saturday, May 10, 2014 Led by Cheryl Gansecki

This monthly program, usually on second Sundays, is aimed at bringing together the members of the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to explore the park’s beautiful trails. For May only, we changed our walk to the second Saturday so as not to conflict with Mother’s Day.

This month’s 4-mile hike will explore Kilauea Iki Crater. Participants should bring a bag lunch for a rest stop along the walk.

Kilauea Iki Trail begins on the crater’s forested rim. The trail descends 400′ through the rain forest, with native birds flitting through the canopy, onto the crater floor. Hikers cross the still-steaming crater, past the gaping throat of the vent that built Pu‘u Pua‘i cinder cone, and ascend the far rim. Of interest on the hike are forest plants, birds, insects, the 1959 lava lake, steam vents, and cinder and spatter cones.

Participants provide their own transportation to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. From Highway 11, between mile markers 28 and 29, turn into Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (entrance fees apply). Immediately after going through the park’s entrance stations, take the first left onto Crater Rim Drive. Go about 1.25 miles to the Kilauea Iki Overlook parking area on the right. Approximate travel from Hilo is 1 hours and from Kailua-Kona is 3 hours.

To register, contact Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at (808) 985-7373, email us at or directly on our website.

This event is presented by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Program cost is FREE for Friends members. Non-members are welcome to join the Friends in order to attend. Park entrance fees apply.

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