Kilauea Iki Overlook


About Kilauea Iki Overlook


The final stop on Crater Rim Drive, the Kilauea Iki Overlook at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park should not be confused with the Kilauea Crater Overlook. Kilauea Iki is a pit crater situated next to the main summit caldera of Mount Kilauea. Located about 400 feet above the caldera floor near the Thurston Lava Tube, the overlook features views of the 2 mile wide, 3 mile long Kilauea Caldera.


The 1960s saw some of the most spectacular lava activity at Kilauea Iki. Lava fountains up to 1,900 feet (580 m) erupted from its depths. On December 15, 1959, the highest amount of lava flow recorded here was measured at 1.45 million cubic meters per hour!

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Big Island
  • Duration: About 15-20 minutes, dependent on time, weather, road closures, volcanic activity.
  • Amenities: Picture opportunities.
  • Insider Tip: Nearby Thurston Lava Tube is a short walk from the overlook.
  • Fun Fact: During the 1959 eruptions, over 1,000 tiny earthquakes were recorded by in just two months.
  • What to Expect: Kilauea Caldera; Crater Rim Drive