Volcano Rainforest Retreat
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Click here to see a video on Volcano, Hawaii. What a Life!
Explore...A few miles up the road is Kilauea Volcano, home of Pele, the Hawaiian Goddess of Fire. Hike, Bike, or drive through this magnificent landscape at Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park. Check out the current activity at the volcano lava flow.
A half-hour drive toward the sea is historic Hilo town with its picturesque bay, waterfalls and botanical gardens.
Discover...Just a short distance away is Volcano Village - a community noted for its distinctive blend of artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The village has two country stores, gas stations and a post office. Local restaurants and cafes offer a variety of dining experiences including the charm of old Hawai`i at Kilauea Lodge. Visit VolcanoWinery, home of Tropical Hawaiian Wines. See an engaging video of the Volcano area," What A Life", through the eyes of the famous Volcano photographer, Brad Lewis, and his family.Click on Disney Channel What a Life. Join in a custom Hawaii photo tour with prominent Volcano photographers. www.hawaiiphotoretreat.com
More About The Volcano Area and ActivitiesVolcano is a relatively undeveloped rural area, adjacent to HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, which has become the Big Island's most visited natural attraction. Explore the ambiance and activities of this back-to-nature destination and discover a truly unique Hawaiian experience. Click here for important tips for planning your visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
4000 ft above the sea, giant tree ferns, lofty ohi'a-lehua trees and fragrant ginger create a lush refreshing appeal in contrast to the primal volcanic land. Temperatures are cooler than are typical of Hawaiian coastal areas. Rainfall is a natural part of the native rainforest with misty rains alternating with clear skies.
Hike, bike or drive the CRATER RIM DRIVE in Volcanoes National Park. Be invigorated by its craters, steam vents, lava tubes, and rainforest trails. For the adventurous, the Chain of Craters Road winds down to the coast where vast systems of lava tubes carry active lava flows into the sea, creating the newest land on earth. The Kilauea Volcano lava viewing area site changes, due to the nature of the constantly changing landscape of this active volcano.
Another exceptional experience while in the National Park is a visit to the VOLCANO ART CENTER GALLERY, with its collection of fine arts and crafts, available for purchase and displayed in the original historic Volcano House on the edge of Kilauea Caldera.
The Volcano Art Center is currently developing an arts and environmental campus on 7 acres of land in Volcano Village. This new facility will expand its already well-established and ongoing programs in visual, literary, and performing arts. These include an acclaimed hula and Hawaiian music series which garnered a prestigious Kihili Award from the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
The outlying community is a mix of scientists, artists and local entrepreneurs in a village-like town with a variety of restaurants and cafes. The village and its surrounding inhabitants blend almost imperceptibly into the native-forested landscape. The whole area has been designated by the United Nations as an INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE AND HISTORIC SITE.
Volcano is a destination in which to relax as well as be active, a place to be awed and slow down, to get in touch with oneself beyond the often busy pace of daily life. Surreal and serene, it is a place which is empowering, enduring and ever-changing. The harmony of man and nature here attracts aware and sensitive individuals whose values show concern for the earth and its remaining places of great natural beauty. "Perhaps this village of 3,600 (inhabitants) can show us how to better tend the land and each other as we move into the new millennium." HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN
Day Trips From Volcano
PunaPUNA Experience old Hawaii along the old road on the PUNA COAST with its papaya farms, hot pools, black sands beach with sea turtles that come to the shore and newly-created land - 1-hour drive each way.
Hilo and HamakuaExplore the lush tropical Hilo area and Hamakua Coast, which offer a local farmers market, restaurants and shops in the old town on the picturesque bayfront, botanical gardens, scenic coast views and waterfalls. 1/2 to 1 hour drive each way.
Mauna Kea Observatories / UH Hilo Astronomy CenterSpend a day at the ONIZUKA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY, VISITOR INFORMATION STATION-MAUNA KEA and at the MAUNA KEA OBSERVATORIES. Please read the guidelines for visiting Mauna Kea, it is at over 14000 ft above sea level!
At the Imiloa Astronomy Center, on the campus of the University of Hawaii Hilo, explore and learn about the connections between the Hawaiian culture and the science of astronomy. "Mauna Kea Between Earth and Sky", a state of the art planetarium show 11:00 am, most days.
KA'UWander the rural, sparsely-settled land beyond Volcanoes National Park. Visit WOOD VALLEY with is hidden Tibetan temple, and nearby PUNALUU BLACK SAND BEACH with its green sea turtles, often seen sunning themselves on the shore. Walk the old forested trail at Bird Park, in KIPUKA PUAULU, an island of old lava and vegetation surrounded by more recent lava flows. Within 1/2 hour of Volcano.
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