The reviews are all correct - this is the one hike to do for sure on the island. If you are coming from Kona it is a long (about 2 hour ) drive, and so we left around 7:30 and I would recommend leaving this early for two reasons. When we got to the trail head there was lots of parking, although we were not even close to the first at the trail. We took two hours to hike the trail going at a moderate pace and taking lots of pictures over the four mile hike. When we arrived back at the parking lot it was full with lots of people circling trying to find a space - so early is better. Also if it is sunny it can get really hot crossing the crater surface, so again early is better. Other than the part going down to and up from the crater, an easy hike with good shoes.
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