Lava Tree State Park


Highway 130
Big Island (Hawaii), HI 96778


In the late 1700s a lava flow created the 'lava trees' that make up Lava Tree State Park. As the lava cooled around the native Ohia trees it cooled quickly due to the trees dampness and left lava impressions around the trees as it burned the wood away. It's these trees that visitors explore as they walk through the under one mile loop.

Up until a few years ago the park was filled with lush jungle, but as the invasive and noisy coqui frog moved into the area the state began to battle the little frog. Many trees were removed in hopes of removing the coqui's habitat and eventually the coqui. So, while it's still and interesting and relaxing walk, the foliage isn't quite as thick as it used to be. There is a parking area and restrooms, and look for the lava fissure at the beginning of the walk.


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