Part of a great Hawaii adventure vacation is getting out to explore our natural wonders on your own. Sometimes, though, you might decide that bringing along a guide is the best way to discover a deeper and more meaningful connection with the land and the lava.
Here at Kalapana Lava Refuge, both Scott and Cheryl have guided many guests across the incredible lava flows that surround and inspire us. We are at home out on the lava, and we are happy to share its wonders with you and your family.
So much lava, so little time! Hikes short and long, fast and slow, we know the best places to go. At Poke-a-Stick Guided Lava Tours , our goal is to walk right up to the red-hot lava and actually poke a stick into it! Click here for details about our current lava hikes.
Pu’u O’o Hike
Seriously dudes, Not Fo’ Wimps! This is a grueling all-day excursion to Pu’u O’o crater, right into the beating heart of Kiluaea Volcano. (Do to recent activity this hike is not available at this time)
Cave of Refuge
A fascinating glimpse into local Kalapana history and social culture. Cave of Refuge is actually a lava tube, fortified by ancient Hawaiians to use as a safe haven and defensive bastion in times of war. (A guide is needed)
Volcano National Park
A half-day or full-day excursion by car into the Park, where you can visit the Jaegger Museum and Thurston Lava Tube, or hike the back trails where no tourists can be seen for miles. The massive Kilauea Caldera must be seen to be believed. (No guide needed)
Another car excursion taking either a full- or half-day. Sights include Pahoa Village, Lava Tree State Park, Kapoho Tide Pools, Ahalanui Warm Ponds, Kehena Beach, and Coconut Black Sand Beach. (No guide needed)