Lava Tree State Park
Lava Tree State Park
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leo b
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Great little park if you're going to drive down to Pahoa for the day quick recommendation do not stay in Pahoa It's not a good area but to come to this park for a couple of hours is a very good idea. Nice little parking lot, You can do the walk really fast in about 20 or 25 minutes You can do it slow in about 45 minutes which I recommend, It's incredibly beautiful and of course it shows some lava statues and there's some nice pleasant areas for pictures and to also sit down It's very lush green a lot of beautiful flowers there.... But I highly recommend not staying in the area as far as don't stay at a retreat center or a hotel in Pahoa, Very bad vibes in Pahoa, But this park is very nice.
Written 11 March 2024
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TravelingFam
Omaha, NE921 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We didn’t go to this park, but we drove to a dead end very nearby and walked the old street up to the lava flow that took over Leilani Estates in 2018. It was remarkable to see how much lava came through a neighborhood — sobering to be on the street that is no longer in use because of the lava. I’ve been to the island several times and this brought another level of reality to the destruction lava causes.
Be careful if you walk through, because air pockets of lava could easily break through. We didn’t go into the lava field much but Just walked through the streets for this reason.
If you continue to drive the area be respectful of the people still living there. This is their home. Mahalo!
Written 9 November 2023
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Sarah B
Boston, MA199 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
A pretty cool Quico pit stop if you’re already in the area. The walk is very easy and accessible, plentiful parking. Lots of pretty birds.
Written 12 June 2023
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Justin W
3 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The park wasn't bad, but it's in a higher crime area and we had our window smashed in and had many items stolen, while walking around the park
Written 21 November 2022
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RoamingWolfe2017
Richardson, TX80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Off the beaten path and secluded park to take a walk about. Interesting lava ‘statues’ where the lava enveloped trees. I wouldn’t go out of my way but since we were in the region wandering around, it was a good diversion
Written 11 October 2022
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Atraveler12@
79 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
The park isn't much but continue on the drive past the park for a cool experience driving through lava. The park itself is maybe a 15 minute walk/experience.
Written 23 July 2022
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SoCalOregonian
Murrieta, CA10,394 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
This state park is located a short distance from downtown Pahoa.
Within this state park is the Lava Trees Loop Trail, about a ¾ mile improved loop trail that starts from the parking lot. However, the concrete can be deranged in places because of the living tree roots lifting the concrete.
The trail allows you to walk among these volcanic features that were left behind from the 1790 eruption.
All this is encapsulated in a tropical rainforest setting with a wide variety of native flora.
There is one large cabana that has a bar-b-que grill and a couple of other locations that have a covered area to provide respite from the sun, rain or as a place to just sit, relax and reflect.
There is no water available at this location so bring your own to keep hydrated.
An improved restroom is located adjacent to the parking lot. The parking lot has approximately 15 spaces including one handicapped.
Written 30 March 2022
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Rafterian
Sacramento, CA40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Petrified tree trunks that were encapsulated in lava in the 17th/18th century.

A narrow cement path leads you around a field of the trees, surrounded by the island fauna taking back after the lava beneath hit reset.

Small pockets can be seen around the bases of some of the lava trees. Apparently, not far beneath, lava is there!

There are about 3 or 4 covered spaces around the park to sit, observe, and meditate.

A delight!
Written 12 November 2021
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Laura S
100 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I guess it’s a matter of expectations vs. reality, but I really oversold this to my family. It sounded like an interesting way to view the impact of a past eruption; however, there is really not much to see other than decaying mounds of “lava tree.” It was pouring rain when we arrived, so admittedly that didn’t help/
Written 16 August 2021
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Such a unique park that is nothing like anywhere else on the island. Total time takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on speed. All is wheelchair accessible. Facilities present as are picnic tables.
Written 5 May 2021
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