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Lava Tree State Park

Pahoa-Kapoho Road, Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
+1 808-974-6200
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Returning after almost 50 years

Last went here on a bus tour with my sister and parents. Didn’t remember I️t as so lush. Since... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Unique spot for a walk

The trees here were consumed by the 1790 lava flow and turned into “lava filled statues” The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Helena, Montana
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“paved path” (19 reviews)
“easy walk” (16 reviews)
“nice walk” (16 reviews)
Pahoa-Kapoho Road, Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Last went here on a bus tour with my sister and parents. Didn’t remember I️t as so lush. Since then have always taken the more direct route. Interesting walk (even in the rain)

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The trees here were consumed by the 1790 lava flow and turned into “lava filled statues” The scenery is so lush you’d expect to run into a Jurassic Park billboard. The paved walkway is just under a mile and a lovely way to spend an...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

The park is about a 0.6 mile loop that circles around about 15 "trees". Some of just stumps, but many are quite large. The real trees and other growths there are also interesting to see.

Thank David S
Reviewed 5 days ago

This state park was shaded by huge albezia trees before the hurricane in 2014. Now, it is still a beautiful spot, with an interpretive trail that explains the lava formations in the area. But it is sunny, so wear a hat and use sunscreen! The...More

Thank Josh S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Short hike, rather boring, but a easy stop on your way to the Kapoho tide pools. Has toilet facilities.

Thank Nunavut_bc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you have small kids or older people who can't walk far this is a good stop. It's a beautiful park with lovely gardens and lava trees very close to the parking lot. Large covered picnic area and decent bathrooms. Great stop.

Thank PrincessCaro
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

An interesting and educational stop for adults and kids. The lava trees are something to look at. Mother Nature doing her thing.

Thank Pat M
Reviewed 30 November 2017

We stopped here as we are fascinated with all the lava rock areas in Hawaii. This a very short walk, about half a mile, in a dense forested area with volcanic matter that had formed lava molds of the tree trunks when a lava flow...More

Thank Busyinnkeepers
Reviewed 29 November 2017 via mobile

It is supposed to be very interesting with old trees covered by lava but it is more park for a picknick.

Thank Jan M
Reviewed 12 November 2017

A good example of lava trees - the lava surrounds the tree. Overtime the tree rots and the lava remains. Interesting if you're driving past as we were - on our way to the Hawaii Volcanos National Park. Paths are poorly maintained so may be...More

Thank kayelle100
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4 March 2016|
Response from CilPMelbourne |
last sign in the trail !! Lava fissures! :)