Visiting The Volcano
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
About 40 minutes from Hale a Kimo Kali, on Highway 11 is Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This national park is the largest tourist attraction on the Big Island and encompasses two active volcanoes: Kilauea, which is presently flowing and Mauna Loa, the world’s most massive shield volcano. The main visitor center, located just within the park entrance includes displays and information about the features of the park. The Volcano Art Center, located at the Volcano House hotel, houses historical displays and an art gallery. The Thomas A. Jaggar Museum, on Crater Rim Drive features exhibits on the volcanoes and has a viewing area where you can see Kilauea’s active vent. How often do you get to see an erupting volcano? Be prepared for a full day of driving, walking, or hiking through the park and some incredible sightseeing. Arrive early in the morning to avoid the motor coaches. Also, come back at dusk to see the glow from the craters rim. Your entrance pass is good for seven days.
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On your way to visit Volcanoes National Park, if time permits, we suggest stopping into Volcano Village. Here in this rainforest community you will find notable glass blowers, painters and ceramic artists displaying their wares in various galleries and shops. One of our favorite galleries is Volcano Garden Arts & Café Ono. The gallery is filled with works from Ira Ono as well as many other artists and Café Ono offers a nice dining experience in an old Hawaiian garden estate. Hours 11– 3, Tues – Sun
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Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Located on Highway 11, on your way to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park you can stop in to Akatsuka Orchid Gardens and explore their large showroom of exotic orchids and plants. They are opened 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Should you see an orchid that would like to take back home to remind you of your trip to Hawaii, they do ship to the mainland. For more information visit – Akatsuka Orchid Gardens