This Hawaiian National Park is Making it Easier to Visit Active Volcanoes


Encompassing 523 square miles,  Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is located on the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island), overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and is home to two active volcanoes: Kilauea and Mauna Loa. In fact, Kilauea is considered one of the most active volcanoes on earth, last erupting in September 2021.

The chance to see lava flow up close and personal makes Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park a popular destination. “When visitation surges, especially during holidays, weekends, and with increased eruption activity, lines to enter the park are long, sometimes stretching to Highway 11,” the National Park Service (NPS) said in a statement.

To help streamline admission, the NPS is rolling out a digital site pass at no extra cost to visitors. The digital pass can be purchased up to six months ahead of your arrival, guaranteeing entrance to the park on your selected dates. The pass can be downloaded onto your phone or printed out, speeding up the park’s entrance process.

Park access costs $30 for a private vehicle, $25 for a motorcycle, and $15 for a cyclist or pedestrian. The passes are valid for a period of seven days. It’s also still possible to purchase a pass in-person at the park’s entrance station. 

The Tri-Park pass, a $55 annual pass that grants access to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, and Haleakalā National Park, has yet to move online and must still be purchased at one of the park’s entrance stations.
You can purchase your Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park digital pass here.

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