from Kilauea Hike & Glow (Kona)
Explore Kilauea's most recent eruption and historic lava flows.
Exploring Hawaii Island's explosive side on foot is what this tour is all about. Hike Kilauea lava flows dating back to 1881 up to the historic flows 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. Explore Kaumana Caves, part of the lava tube system that brought lava 1.5 miles from Hilo-town 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 Mackenzie State Recreation Area next. The highway here was closed by the marching 40-foot tall wall of crumbly a`a lava as it continued to the sea. Take a hike along the now-closed highway, and then follow the lava flow through the pine forest to the altered coastline and cliffs overlooking the new black sand beach. A picnic-style lunch will be served here amongst the pine trees (weather permitting). Next travel to the crown jewel of Hawaii, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Visitor's Center, the Kilauea Iki Crater Overlook, and Steaming Bluffs. Hike out to Keanakakoi Crater and walk over the most recent cracks and sinkholes left behind by the historic eruption of 2018. Enjoy the views of Kilauea Caldera from the famous Volcano House.
Visit Volcano Winery, the southernmost winery in the United States. The Winery remained open daily throughout the eruptions despite hundreds of earthquakes every day. Drive over cracks left in the road to the Winery, reminders of the summer of 2018. Take a private tour of the vineyard and winery then sample up to eight different types of wines, varying from sweet to dry, and all with a unique Hawaiian flare. The Volcano Winery also has estate-grown teas to taste and soft drinks and water are also included. After sampling beverages, you'll enjoy a hearty Hawaiian-style BBQ dinner with a complimentary glass of your choice of Volcano Winery wine or other beverage.
What to Bring:
Video and/or still cameras, government-issued ID, and tour vouchers or method of payment.
What to Expect:
Moderate air temperatures at sea level with cooler temperatures at higher elevations on the drive from Kona; occasional rain showers; strenuous hike across uneven and steep, rocky terrain including black lava rock.
What to Wear:
• Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts are ok)
• Light jacket or sweater
• Sunglasses and hat
• Sturdy closed-toe hiking shoes are required (sandals and flip-flops or “slippahs” will not be accepted)
Military-grade LED flashlights, umbrellas, walking sticks, camera tripod to share, mosquito repellant, sunblock, snacks and beverages (water, juice, soda) all day, picnic lunch and Hawaiian-style BBQ dinner (dietary requirements and restrictions accommodated on request with advance notice), all entrance fees and access to private locations.
Approximately 13 hours depending on pick up and drop off locations.
• All guests (including children) should be able to negotiate a strenuous 4-mile hike, unassisted, which includes a high number of steep uphill and downhill sections. Guests with small children are responsible for providing their own child carriers to safely navigate the entire hike.
• State law requires child safety seats for all guests under 4 years of age (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice).
• Booster seats required for all guests between ages 4 and 7 and under 4 feet 9 inches tall and 80 pounds weight (we’re happy to supply seats at no charge with advance notice).
• Volcanic emissions, including sulfur gas, may affect those with respiratory concerns.
• Participants should be prepared for immediate evacuation in accordance with directions given by County, State and/or Federal officials.
• Guests under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult.