5 years and older
Age
13 Hours
Duration
Big Island, Hilo
Location
Deli-Style Picnic, Dinner
Meal
Included from Kona
Pick Up
7:00AM
Tour Times

Kona, Hawaii Volcano Hike
Hike Kilauea lava flows dating back to 1881 up to the historic changes of 2018. First, you’ll travel across Saddle Road between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the tallest and most massive volcanoes on Earth.

Your National Park Service certified guide will discuss the volcanology, geology, and history of these monstrous wonders, as well as providing in-depth narration on the various lava flows and flora and fauna that you’ll be passing by. Next explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava as close as 1.5 miles from downtown Hilo in 1881. Take a peek inside the dramatic cathedral-like space, before taking a quick drive through quaint Hilo town where you’ll drive along the historic waterfront before stopping at KapohoKine Adventures store to pick up supplies. You’re headed to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park where you’ll see the destruction done by the 2018 eruption! After a picnic lunch inside the National Park listening to the native bird calls, you’ll head off along the Halema’uma’u trail to start your longest hike of approximately three miles. The trail starts behind the historic Volcano House and switches back down to the caldera floor that changed drastically during the 2018 eruption. This trail has been used to hike into the caldera since being established in 1846. Mark Twain was once rescued by native guide Alex Lancaster using this trail. It’s only about half a mile through ancient forests of tree ferns, some as old as 1,000 years. Look for native birds, such as the yellow ‘amakihi and the red ‘apapane. Huge boulders came to rest along the trail during ancient rock slides and eruptions. Look for marks left by previous visitors such as Benjamin Boyd, a Scot, and John Webster, a California artist, from back in 1851. Reaching the floor of Kilauea Caldera there is an incredible rock slide to your left, evidence of the 2018 eruption, and Halema’uma’u Crater before you. The Crater increased in size during the eruption with the lava lake draining out of it leaving behind an enormous 1,000- foot-deep pit.

Skirt the edge of the caldera over one of the previous lava lakes and see the native ʻōhiʻa lehua trees slowly claiming the area as their own. Take your time coming up to Byron Ledge as you will be climbing roughly 400 ft of elevation in half a mile, but will also have sweeping views of the 1000 ft. pit that has been filling up with lava as Kilauea Volcano continues to erupt off and on. The beautiful photo opportunities along the way allow you to take a breather, along with a bench at the top of the climb with a bird’s eye view of the caldera floor you were just on.

The rest of the trail leading over to Waldron Overlook is a more gradual incline through the forest with sneak peaks of Pu’u Pua’i and Kilauea Iki. End the hike along old crater rim drive, which is now slowly being consumed by vegetation and end back at Volcano House where you can sit and enjoy the view some more. The adventure doesn’t stop there! After a short break, your guide will take you to some of the other amazing locations Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has to offer, including the lava flow of Mauna Ulu where you’ll look for Pele’s tears and lava trees. You’ll also see the older Nahuku lava tube hidden in the rainforest. For all your hard work, you’ll end with a filling dinner at one of the locals’ favorite restaurants in Volcano Village, just outside the National Park. “Lava glow viewing if weather and lava conditions permit”

Includes:

  • Deli-style picnic
  • Dinner
  • Round-trip transportation from the Kona area

Schedule:

  • Availability: Wednesday and Saturday
  • Tour Time: 7:00 AM
  • Duration: 13 hours

Restrictions/Requirements:

  • Participants must be at least 5 years old.
  • Tour runs rain or shine.
  • All participants must complete electronic waivers prior to participation.

Special Notes:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled pick-up time.
  • The order of the itinerary may change.
  • A booster seat or car seat depending on size and weight of the child will be provided.

Activity Company: KapohoKine Adventures

Menu:

Lunch Options:

  • Ham Sandwich: Ham, Lettuce, Sprouts, American Cheese, Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Turkey Sandwich: Turkey, Lettuce, Sprouts, American Cheese, Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Club Sandwich: Turkey, Ham, Lettuce, Sprouts, American Cheese, Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Chicken Sandwich: Chicken w/Mayo, Lettuce, Sprouts, American Cheese, Mayonnaise on Whole Wheat Bread
  • Veggie Sandwich
  • Ham Salad: Ham, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrots & Shredded Cheese with Ranch Dressing
  • Turkey Salad: Turkey, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrots & Shredded Cheese with Ranch Dressing
  • Club Salad: Turkey, Ham, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrots & Shredded Cheese with Ranch Dressing
  • Chicken Salad: Chicken w/Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrots & Shredded Cheese with Ranch Dressing
  • Tuna Salad: Tuna w/Mayo, Lettuce, Tomato, Carrots & Shredded Cheese with Ranch Dressing
  • Veggie Salad

Dinner Options:*

  • Veggie Wrap & Fries: Guacamole, Cucumber, Bell Peppers, Lettuce, Tomato, onion, sprouts in an herb tortilla
  • Chinese Chicken Salad: Tossed greens and fresh veggies with seasoned chicken and chow Mein noodles served with house dressing: Creamy Oriental
  • Quarter Pounder Burger & Fries: Local Grass-fed quarter lb beef patty Served on a toasted sesame bun with lettuce, tomato & onion
  • Loco Moco: Local Grass-fed beef patty Served on a bed of rice topped with an over easy egg smothered in brown gravy
  • Kalua Pork Plate: Hawaiian Style Pulled Pork served with white rice and potato/mac salad

*Menu Options Include water, iced tea, or coffee

Itinerary:

  • Kona – 7:45 AM (8:20 no Kohala)
  • Kohala – 8:45 AM
  • Kaumana Caves – 10:00 – 10:30 AM
  • Hilo – 10:45 AM (pick up guests and/or lunch)
  • Mackenzie – 11:45 AM – 1:10 PM (lunch)
  • Painted Church – 1:30 PM  – 1:50 PM
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – 2:50 PM – 4:50 PM (Kilauea Visitor’s Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater
  • Overlook, Mauna Ulu, Keanakakoi, Volcano House, Steam)
  • Winery – 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM 
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – (whatever is left) 6:10 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Hilo – 7:45 PM
  • Kohala – 9:15 PM (9:00 PM if no Hilo)
  • Kona – 10:15 PM (9:35 PM no Kohala, 9:00 PM if also no Hilo)

The order of the itinerary may change.