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Hawaii National Parks

Discover in this post the famous National Parks of Hawaii, with its isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific. These are rugged landscapes with lots of cliffs, waterfalls and rainforests.

Park access fees

Generally all National Parks charge at the entrance, our tip is that you buy the Annual Pass (Annual Pass) that lasts for 12 months and you can access any US National Park as many times as you can within 1 year.

If you intend to join, just request in any National Park they do at the time of your access to the park, super quick and easy to request.

The value is US$55.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Or known in English as “Born of Fire, Born of the Sea", having as a translation "born of fire, born of the sea".

That's because this park protects one of the most unique geological, cultural and biological landscapes in the world!

In the park you will find the two most active volcanoes in the world: Kīlauea and Mauna Loa, being considered as an International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

the volcano Kīlauea, known as “land where the goddess lives”, is the youngest and most active island on the island of Hawaii, also considered one of the busiest in the world.

Kīlauea volcano

To access the volcano there are some viewpoints, the first step is to go to the “Kīlauea Visitor Center” and thus follow the guidelines of which accesses will be available.

already the Volcano Mauna Loa is not erupting, seismicity remains slightly elevated, but no significant changes.

Mauna Loa Volcano

He is considered the biggest active volcano on the planet, but it last erupted in 1984, if it does erupt, it will be a risk to many communities.

Tips: before going to this park make sure:

  • Plan ahead;
  • Download the park app;
  • Be patient to access the park (usually with a queue);
  • Stay safe: avoid going into closed places, talk to the guides and don't go on any trail that is poorly signposted.

Kahakai National Historic Trail Wing

Take this beautiful trail by the sea, with historic landscapes, Hawaiian culture and a lot of breathtaking scenery.

There are different trails that give access to the beach and meet the mountains.

The Trail through ʻAʻā Lava As it is characterized by a surface full of small, smooth stones with edges to the curb.

ʻAʻā Lava As

THE Pahoehoe lava trail already changes the look, with a soft nature and all composed of lava, easily accessible.

Trail along sandy shores is already characterized by a peaceful walk along the seashore.
And in addition to these there are the trails that are made of Jeep Trails and with easier access roads.

Haleakala National Park

Discover the beautiful tropical forest, endangered animals, differentiated coastline with its rocky characteristics, in addition to the beautiful viewpoints!

You can camp in the park, go on beautiful hikes, see the famous sunrise in the Summit District, watch the stars or even meet the natives of Hawaii.

Kalaupapa National Historic Park

Formerly considered an isolated nation by incurable diseases such as leprosy or yellow fever. Many people died without having access to treatment.

It is currently a place of contemplation and education, a place that has a lot of history of so many “lost” families, of people who managed to fight and contemplate the power of healing.

The Park makes it possible to get to know the people, architecture, cemeteries, museum collection, archaeological artifacts, the place and the stories of Kalaupapa.

To access the Park Trail, you must request authorization.

kalaupapa cemetery

Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

Known as “Honokōhau Settlement”, it is yet another park full of culture and history, in addition to strong spiritual significance.

Tourists learn a lot about the local culture, go hiking, diving, learning how Hawaiians used their fishing skills, and seeing the giant fish ponds and enjoying nature.

Honokōhau settlement.

Pu'uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historic Park

In the old days in Hawaii there was a system of laws known as kānāwai, it was a way of having the order of the community.

However, if the person broke the rules, he could be sentenced to death.

However, if the person fled before his punishment and managed to get to Pu'uhonua, he would be pardoned.

It was very difficult to get to this place, because half is composed of water (sea) and the other part of walls, in addition to other structures, the vast majority ended up dying before arriving.

Currently, the park is beautiful, with gigantic wooden statues of Hawaiian Gods on the beachfront, beautiful gardens and cultural features still from the ancestors.

Pu'uhonua or Hōnaunau National Historical Park

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

This park is undoubtedly the starting point for the most renowned king of Hawaii.

Place of much struggle, bravery and stories of the dreamed of Hawaii.

It is here that you will discover the great temple of Kamehameha the Great, Pu'ukohola Heiau which perched on the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Take one of the trails, observe the marine life of sharks, whales and dolphins, the bird life and the beautiful landscape of this unique place!

In addition it is possible to picnic, camp, swim and snorkel.

Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site
Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site

Hawaii National Parks

Finally, I hope you enjoyed the tips and if you know any of these parks, share your experience with us!

Take the opportunity to read about:

State Parks – Island of O'ahu- Hawaii

State Parks – Island of Kaua'i

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