Once kapu (forbidden), except to royalty who sent their bird catchers into the forests for feathers for royal cloaks and kahili (royal standards), by the late 1800s the volcano region was a favorite summer place to escape the heat—or to get a bit closer to it! Those wishing to see the hot lava eruptions from Kilauea have made this trek for more than 178 years. The rich volcanic soil has always supported farming. Volcano is now home to a lively mix of artists, scientists and active folks of all ages. The Sunday morning Farmers Market at Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village serves up cut flowers, locally-grown vegetables and herbs, baked goods and plants.

Pull off the main highway onto Old Volcano Road and experience a different side of Hawai‘i within Volcano Village, with its riot of green, tall sugi pines and blooming hydrangeas.

Points of Interest

Kilauea General Store and the Volcano Store offer everything from locally-made cookies to flowers, gas to groceries. For casual dining, try the home cooking at Lava Rock Café, or go Asian at Thai Thai. Enjoy a gracious dinner in front of an historic fireplace at Kilauea Lodge, once a YMCA camp that has been renovated as an upscale inn. Volcano is noted for its bevy of bed and breakfast accommodations, and one of the best places to find out about them is at the Volcano Visitor Information Center in front of True Value Hardware. For local gifts, check out the shop above True Value or visit Kilauea Kreations, noted for its quilt-inspired artwork. Volcano Garden Arts, located at the Hilo-end of Old Volcano Road, gives visitors a chance to look in on a working arts studio and gallery in a historic home.