Heritage: Pacific Islander
Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results
of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes
that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex
and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses
230,000 acres and ranges from sea level to the summit of the earth's
most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world's
most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of
the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.
half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking
and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural
values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International
Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.