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Address: Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: +1 808-974-6200
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Short Stop with Interesting Payoff

This is not on the main list for tourists driving around the island but well worth the short side trip. A Lava flow in the 1700's decimated the Ohia forest here but the lava... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Tom P
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not on the main list for tourists driving around the island but well worth the short side trip. A Lava flow in the 1700's decimated the Ohia forest here but the lava surged then receeded before solidifying leaving the trees coated with lava. The trees were quickly incinerated from the heat but the lava remained leaving tubes where... More 

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Winter Haven, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a small park and interesting to see. The lava formations are quite unique. Many of the large trees were whipped out by Category 4 Hurricane Iselle in 2014. Glad we stopped.

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Thank Paul S
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Interesting small park with a 0.7 mile walk on a concrete walkway. The lava formations are interesting. Going in the late afternoon right before dark brings out the sounds of the "cokui" frogs in the park - what an orchestra of sounds.

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Thank Ashley E
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice short walk with interesting larva trees to look at. Pretty spot. Has parking. Doesn't take long to visit.

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Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Very interesting the way lava can make these sculptures out of tree trunks. Nature is a great artist. Simple tour that seems to be off the beaten path. For once we weren't surrounded by hundreds of people.

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Thank Mike5466
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We stopped on the way to the Kapoho tide pools, and I was happy we did. First you see a huge chasm caused by the 1790 eruption, then you arrive at the lava trees. Caused by the lava pouring over wet trees, and solidifying. Many of these are still intact, and a few are broken, showing where the tree was... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

We stopped at Lava Tree State Park as we were driving to the lava boat tour and we were so pleasantly surprised by this awesome state park. There were no other visitors there and it was so beautiful and educational. There is a path to walk on and learn about the lava and the lava trees. This is such a... More 

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Auburn, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Well marked and easy to travel trail around the lava trees. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Be sure to take your camera.

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Thank Cris W
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

If you're into lava and all things volcano, it's pretty cool If not, meh Caution: People have fallen in.

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

It took an hour or less to walk the paved trail through the park. The "lava trees" are formed when hot lava coats the moist trees. The trees burn but wetness of the trees cools and hardens the lava into the shapes of the trees.

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