Volcano Village and the Volcanoes National Park offer much to explore.
At over 4,000 feet, Volcano can be a cool, change from the heat of the coastal areas.
Be sure to bring a rain jacket and clothes suitable for cooler temps..
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
See miles of orchids! Experience the word's only Orchid Maze!
The Gardens have a variety of tropical plants and orchids a great gift shop!
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Admission
Three miles north of Volcano Village, on Highway 11 towards Hilo.
Closed for now!
You can visit The Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is located on the mauka (inland) side of Highway 11 near mile marker 70.5, in Ka‘ū, about a 50-minute drive south of the park’s main entrance. Sturdy footwear, water, raingear, sun protection and a snack are recommended for all hikes. Entrance and all programs are free. Kahuku is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Volcano Art Center is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development. Volcano Art Center develops, promotes and perpetuates the artistic, cultural and environmental heritage of Hawai’i’s people through the arts and education.
Volcano Art Center has two locations: our Gallery in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park & our Niaulani Campus Administrative Office in Volcano Village.
See VAC's Concerts, Exhibits and Special Events here.
Regular programs include:
ALOHA FRIDAY Cutural Demonstrations
Every Friday, 11am-1pm on the porch of VAC’s Gallery in HVNP, Hawaiian practitioners share various aspects of their culture both in conjunction with Hula Kahiko performances and
as stand-alone, weekly storytelling and hands-on activities that include making lei, gourd instruments, and hula implements, as well as lauhala weaving, kapa
beating, and ukulele playing.
Free Forest Tours
Every Monday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m, learn about rare native Hawaiian rain forests, and specifically Niaulani rain forest, in VAC’s guided rain forest tour. Visitors learn about Niaulani’s overall ecological importance as one of the last old-growth koa and’ōhi’a rain forests, VAC’s role in its protection and restoration, the continual threats to its integrity, how Hawaiian plant and animal species have closely evolved with one another, how native species have evolved to be different from their colonizing ancestors, and ethnobotanical uses of Hawaiian flora.
These hour-long walks take place rain or shine along an easy, level gravel trail. Reservations are not required but are appreciated for groups of five or more. Be prepared for rain in the rain forest.
Donations are warmly appreciated, as they help VAC’s rain forest restoration and education efforts.
Custom Rain Forest Tours
Learn about Niaulani and concepts within themes such as general Hawaiian rain forest ecology, ethnobotany, sustainable use, island watersheds, plant identification and more during tours any day of the week and in accordance to individual or groups’ needs. The suggested donation is $3/person/hour, with a minimum of $10 per hour. Content matter is appropriate for ages 6 and older. Maximum group size is 30 people. Please book one month or more in advance. Wear attire that is appropriate for potentially wet weather.
Forest Restoration Activities
This hands-on, experiential learning and forest stewardship offering begins with an informative, hour-long tour which then leads into various invasive species removal tasks that are tailored to suit the age and learning requirements for community and/or school groups as well as families. The time allotted for these activities is three hours. The suggested donation is $4/person, with a minimum of $20. Content matter and work load is appropriate for ages 6 and older. Maximum group size is 20 individuals. Please book no less than one month in advance. Wear closed toe shoes, attire suited for wet weather, and bring work gloves.
Open every day except Christmas Day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Voted year after year as the best gallery on the Big Island of Hawai’i, the Volcano Art Center Gallery is a must-see stop in Volcano. Located in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park near the Kilauea Visitor Center, the gallery features both traditional and contemporary work that is inspired by Hawai’i’s unique environment and rich cultural heritage.The historic building which houses the gallery is a welcoming backdrop for the finely-crafted furniture of native woods, hand-blown glass from Hawai’i’s top glass artists, jewelry featuring precious and semiprecious stones and metals, and an outstanding collection of two and three dimensional works in paint, photography, clay, fiber and mixed media.A wide selection of artists and artwork ensures that you will have a variety of choices whether you are looking for a special piece for your own home or a gift for a special occasion or person. Packing and world-wide shipping services are available. Open every day except Christmas Day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Kanakapila Jam Sessions
Tuesday Evenings at 5:30pm Open to all musicians. Bring your own instrument and enjoy ‘garage style’ jamming. Donations gratefully accepted. Held in the Great Room at the Niaulani campus.
Cooper Center Farmer's Market
Every Sunday: 6:00AM – 10:00AM at Cooper Center • Farm-fresh local produce, breads, jams, candy, grass fed beef, poi, local-grown coffee,• Hot Breakfast & Lunch items • Crafts, Art, Gifts • Flowers and native plants• Bookstore and thrift shop also open
Notice: EBT purchases and the business table with change close down at 8:45am on Sundays.
TIP: Get there early for the best selection! Lots of fresh cooked breakfast selections including soups, curries, breakfast sandwiches, hot coffee and tea and lots more! I Aunty E (Aunty E's Food to Please) is there, tell her we said HI!
Volcano Friends Feeding FriendsOur delicious and free community dinner is the last Thursday of every month from 4 - 6 pm. Come join us ... to eat, help, socialize, and/or donate dollars or food.
A multi-course meal fit for all palates is always in the making ... and for those in need there are also take home packaged goods (on the final Thursday of each month). Everyone is welcome to enjoy, and we always need more dishwashers after if you have the time!
The gallery is filled with numerous works from local artists. Art selection ranges from fresh, fun collectibles to works of significant impact, from pocket-sized to larger-than-life. The present owner - he refers to himself "caretaker" - is internationally known artist Ira Ono who envisioned a space where artists, gardeners, and writers from all over the world can explore, create, and be inspired by the powerful and healing beauty of Volcano village.
With over 30 years of teaching, making art and gardening in the Hawaiian Islands, Ira Ono brings his vision to life at Volcano Garden Arts.
The gallery is free and open to the public everyday between 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Wine tasting in Paradise is just a sip away at Volcano Winery. Come taste the local wines inspired by volcanic fire and the bounty of the island. Tropical fruits like yellow guava and the exotic jaboticaba berry are blended with traditional wine grapes and transformed into vibrant creations that capture the playful spirit of Hawaiian paradise – and our relaxed, laid-back atmosphere is the perfect place to try them. Open daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.