Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
45 Minutes South of Hilo
Hawaii Volcanoes Join Other National Parks on Hawaii Island
Founded in 1916, a campus of 333,000 acres filled with volcano craters, scalded deserts, and rain forests - also featuring Kilauea, claimed as "the world's only drive-in volcano". Maunaloa and Kilauea last erupted in the early 80's, but spill lava from their core daily.
The Living Laboratory
The diversity of the Hawai'i Island surpasses even the Galapagos, thus becoming a living laboratory for scientists to study evolution.
Seven ecological life zones include seacoast, lowland, mid-elevation woodland, rain forest, upland forest and woodland, sub-alpine and alpine/aeolian are included within park boundaries.
Honu 'Ea are a species of endangered sea turtle known to nest on nine beaches on Hawai'i. To do your part in protecting, them do not camp on the beaches and don't use artificial light - it may attract the hatchlings and lead them away from the ocean.
When hoofed animals came to Hawai'i, the roots of trees were destroyed as they had never seen hoofs before. Now, there's a restoration project to bring back native flora and fauna, and removing destruction animals, like cattle and goats.
Trees in the park become covered in lava, so the nickname "Lava Tree" is given.
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