2021 UPDATE: Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has reopened, please check the Park website for closure info.
If this is your first Volcano encounter, and for the majority it is, your initial stop should be at the Kilauea Visitor Center. Here you will find a well-run visitor complex managed by the National Park Service that can help you plan your visit. They are typically your first stop to help you get oriented in the park and find out about current conditions.
The park’s free film “Born of Fire, Born of Sea” at the top of each hour is an excellent primer to learn about geology and volcanism, with remarkable highlights of past eruptions and features on Hawaiian culture and natural history.
Moreover, the center provides the latest eruption information (every 30 minutes) maps and day hike trail guides, safety precautions, air quality and road conditions. Free ranger-led tours of the nearby area are also given on a regular basis, and their start times and meeting places are posted near the center’s front doors.
There is a small bookstore at the visitor center that sells educational materials related to Hawaii’s natural and cultural history, as well as souvenirs, and supplies. Wheelchairs are available to borrow and there are restrooms and a place to fill up water bottles.
Open 7 Days A Week 9am-5pm
1 Crater Rim Drive
Volcano, HI 96785