Mount Kilauea


About Mount Kilauea


Mount Kilauea is located on Hawaii, or the Big Island, at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It is the youngest of the volcanoes located on the Big Island, which include Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Kilauea sits in the shadow of Mauna Loa, with nearby attractions like Jaggar Museum and Halema’uma’u Crater Overlook. The raw beauty of the landscapes around Kilauea are like no place else on earth.


Kilauea is an historic volcano which has been erupting continuously since 1983. The volcano is estimated to be between 300,000 and 600,000 years old. In Hawaiian myth Kilauea is home to Pele, the goddess of fire, and many of their songs and dance tell of eruptions that were caused by the fierce and angry Pele.

Facts & Trivia

  • Island: Big Island
  • Amenities: None, but the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has a museum, and a visitors center which has overlooks for viewing the caldera.
  • Insider Tip: When conditions are right on the volcano the lava glows, illuminating the surrounding area in a deep orange glow.
  • Fun Fact: The Puu Oo cinder-and-spatter cone is where the lava has been erupting consistently since 1983.
  • What to Expect: There is the Jaggar Museum at the Visitors Center, as well as overlooks that allow visitors to view the Kilauea Caldera. On other places in the park visitors can walk through old lava tubes, and view vast expanses of barren lava fields.