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Address: Pahoa-Kapoho Road (Highway 132), Puna district, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI
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Worth a visit - interesting, part of our day visiting various parks

Lava Tree State Park is easy to find, well maintained, has public restrooms, and has some interesting history to it. The trees when covered in lava burned on the inside and left... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
WeekendWalker0891
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Ontario, Canada
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped here while staying in Pahoa. It is an interesting park and a nice stroll. The park is not very large. We walked through the park in about 30 minutes. The park is free with bathroom facilities and plenty of parking. The only drawback was the construction on part of the trail which just meant that you backtracked or... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This will only take 20 minutes but it is interesting and pleasant. Lava collects around trees and cools leaving tree shells of lava. There are about 40 on a pleasant circular walk. Well worth a visit if you are near by.

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Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lava Tree State Park is easy to find, well maintained, has public restrooms, and has some interesting history to it. The trees when covered in lava burned on the inside and left the exterior forms/molds of where the tree once stood. When you look inside some of them you can see the impressions from the bark. There is a short... More 

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Thank WeekendWalker0891
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This park intrigued us so we stopped on our way to another park. This unusual phenomena happens when lava flows around the living palm trees. The lava cools around the trees, but the heat of course burns up the trees. This leaves the hollow cones that you see in the park. It is a very short circular paved path. Enjoy... More 

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Richland, WA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Is like a ghost town of lava trees. Is a must see. It's unreal how the following lave could have made these amazing structures.

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Thank star152120
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

30 minutes trip within the lavatrees. Nothing special for me. The trip is well routed and there is restroom possibility.

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Manistique, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Before you go, read up on lava trees or talk to locals. The free park has foot paths which allow you to tour several examples of lava trees. Its a nice stop in one of the most beautiful areas that I have seen.

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Thank Robert F
Pahoa, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Before seeking out your favorite coastal spot for water fun, stop by at Lava Tree State Park and follow the short loop through the park to discover trees preserved through their encounter with lave some three hindered years ago. You will encounter trunks encrusted with lava or lava that is hollowed out once the trees rotted away. The short walking... More 

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Thank Gabriele S
Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The lava trees were formed when lava engulfed a tree. Once the tree rotted out, a hollow tube was left - either upright or laying down. Was interesting to see

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not many trees left but great to see a different part of the island, natural beauty and perfect trails

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