Dining with a View of the Crater at Volcano House
2021 UPDATE: Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened, please check the Park or business website for closure info.
One of the biggest attractions throughout the entire state of Hawaii remains the expansive, geographically diverse Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Filled with massive volcanic craters, lush tropical rainforests, unique lava formations, sweltering deserts, and even active, real-life lava flows, it’s no wonder why so many visit the park each year.
Getting there is certainly a journey. From Kailua-Kona, it can take over 3 hours to get there, while Hilo is a bit more manageable at 45 minutes. Either way, the best way to experience the park is to spend a few days there, and if you do, you’ll want to make sure to visit the Rim, an impressive dining experience within the Volcano House hotel. Here’s why:
Plenty of Dining Options
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can relax and cool down at the Rim at any stage of your volcanoes adventure. And if you’re a guest of the hotel, room service from the restaurant is available throughout the day.
Decadent Dinner Menu
Stuffed Big Island chicken, Volcano House pasta, and Hilo Coffee-rubbed lamb are just a few of the amazing dinner choices at the Rim. With fresh ingredients sourced right on the Big Island, the Rim is the perfect destination for a quiet, romantic evening or a satisfying family meal after a long day of adventure.
Located within the grounds of the park itself, it’s certainly a popular resting place for wary travelers coming to or from a day of exploration and excitement. While you’ll likely want to grab a reservation to avoid disappointment, it’s possible to walk or hike to the restaurant from your previous destination with ease.
Sunset Views of the Crater
Perhaps the most defining feature of the restaurant, the dining room’s position overlooking the Kilauea caldera and the Halemaumau Crater is a stunning backdrop. At sunset, the deep blue skies break dramatically in two, with a fiery red-orange glow carving vertically into the night, resulting in one of the most-photogenic natural phenomenons you’ll ever see.