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.