What to do in Lava Tree State Monument

Lava Tree State Monument preserves the site where a lava flow burned through an ohia forest in 1790. The lava, flowing quickly from Kilauea's east rift zone, surrounded the trees and cooled forming molds of the burned tree trunks.

A 0.7 mile loop trail leads through the forest of lava trees. Picnicking facilities and bathrooms maintained at this site, but drinking water is not available. The interesting formations and well-maintained grounds make this one of the nicer parks on this part of the island and a popular spot for picnics and gatherings.

Visitors to Lava Tree State Monument will enjoy viewing the strange formations left from the lava that flowed through the area. A hiking trail leads through and around 17 acres of the preserved forest.

This site is located in the Puna district of southeastern Hawaii. Access to the monument is from Pahoa-Pohoiki Road, three miles southeast of Pahoa.

The island of Hawaii, like the others in the chain, has a windward and leeward climate. The windward (eastern) side of the island receives a lot of moisture. Hilo's monthly averages are above 8 inches. Winter and spring months receive the most moisture, but count on rain if you're traveling in this region. The leeward side can be almost desert like. The mountains are so large on Hawaii, that they trap the moisture on the windward side. Most of the days are sunny on the western coast of Hawaii and hence the tourists flock to this region.

Temperatures on the island of Hawaii are moderate with year round averages near 74 degrees F. The temperatures differ more with elevation than the seasons. Winter clothing such as gloves, hats and layered clothing is necessary if camping in any of the high elevation campgrounds on the island.

P.O. Box 936
75 Aupuni Street, 204
Hilo, HI 96721-0936

Phone: 808-974-6200

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