Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is the site of one of the world's most active volcanoes. An awe-inspiring geologic park native, which islanders hold sacred to the Goddess Pele, the area is an educational wonder schooling visitors in the mechanics of volcanic activity, Hawaiian prehistory, and even astronomy. The town of Volcano lies just on the outskirts of the park making an excellent base for exploration of the entire area.
Flights to Volcano land at Hilo International Airport from either the mainland or other islands in the chain. While there is a second destination for flights to the Big Island, Kona International Airport, Volcano flights to Hilo are slightly more convenient, as Hilo is closer to the park. It is sometimes possible to find cheap flights to Volcano from West Coast-based cities during the year usually in the off-season.
Kilauea Visitor Center is the first stop for crater exploration. There are informative exhibits in the on-site museum and visitors can receive the latest news about lava flows and weather conditions to ensure their trip to the volcano is a safe one. Park rangers also offer excellent tours leaving from the center, which enhance any visit to the area.
The Pu`uloa Petroglyph Fields are a fascinating place to view the ancient art of the Hawaiian people. More than 23,000 images grace the area, making it a rich source of study for visitors and scholars alike. There are also ancient warriors' footprints preserved in volcanic ash at the nearby Kau Desert Trailhead.
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