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Hawaii Byway Highway Guide

Miles Kms Item Summary
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Junction
Terminus. Junction of Crater Rim Drive and Chain of Craters Road. Hawaii Colcanoes Nation Park. Crater Rim Drive heads up to Kilauea Crater whereas Chain of Craters Road heads down to the ocean.
0.2
0.3
Trail
Crater Rim Trail crosses Chain of Craters Road.
0.4
0.7
Rest Stop
View of old lava flows off of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii.
0.4
0.7
Crater
First of many craters.
1.0
1.6
Crater Rest Stop
Road turn off with parking. Walk a 30 meters to a large crater.
1.2
1.9
Meadow
West is a meadow and in the distance an old lavaflow.
1.6
2.5
Small crater
Just the the West the jungle obscures this smaller crater called Koko 'Olau.
2.2
3.6
Junction
Hilina Rali Road. Several miles on this road leads to a large cliff.
2.2
3.6
Smaller Crater
East about 100 meters is a small crater.
2.6
4.2
Hiiaka Crater
Rest stop on the West of road. Walk east along lavaflow to the Hiiaka Crater.
3.2
5.2
Pauahi Crater
Pull out and parking on the East side of Chain of Craters Road to See Pauahi Crater.
3.7
5.9
Road
East about a mile is the trailhead for Napau Crater Trail to the spectacular Makeopuhi Crater and Napau Crater.It is roughly 3 miles to the first large crater and a couple more to the next. Check a hiking guide book before proceeding.
4.0
6.4
Lava Field
East is a large lava field.
4.3
6.9
Trail
Road leads to Keaunou Trail and meets up with the Puna Kau Trail near the ocean.
7.4
11.9
Scenic View
Views of old lava flows.
8.7
14.0
Lava Flow
Road is cut right through old lava flows.
9.8
15.7
Viewpoint
Views of lavaflows and ocean beyong cliff wall. Start of Naulu Trail.
10.4
16.7
View
Road passes near cliff for spectacular view.
12.1
19.5
Switchback
Road descends quickly with switchback.
17.3
27.9
Ocean
Chain of Craters Road passes near the ocean. To the West steam plumes, where the lava meets the ocean, are sometimes visible.
18.6
30.0
Holei Sea Arch
Along the lava cliffs is the Holei Sea Arch. Watch the waves crash against the cliffs.
19.8
31.9
Lava Flow
Lava flows down from Puu Oo Cone, Hawaii.
23.8
38.3
Road's End
End of the Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii. Turn around.