“A leisurely path through an area that was devastated by the 1959 eruption.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Views · Wildlife
Endangered nn (Hawaiian geese) frequent this area. Please use caution when parking. Don't feed the nn. Stay on the paved trail. Do not climb the Puu Puai cinder cone.
This is an easy, stroller and wheelchair accessible paved path through a starkly beautiful recovering landscape that was buried by falling cinder from the spectacular lava fountains of the 1959 Klauea Iki eruption. It is interesting to see life recover in this once completely devastated space.
Access the trail from either the Pu'u Pua'i parking lot or the Devastation Trail parking lot, both of which are located off of Crater Rim Drive. Be sure to bring all of the necessities: water, sunscreen, hat, and possibly rain gear. Be prepared for all types of weather conditions from sunny and scorching to damp and windy.
Flora & Fauna
Although this area was completely destroyed during the 1959 eruption when it was buried in cinder, life is nevertheless regaining hold on the foreboding landscape.