Lava Tree State Monument

The park located in the Puna region of the Big Island showcases lava trees. These trees were created as a result of Kilauea,s lava flow which submerged the forest over 200 years ago.

The ohia trees in the forest were left encased with hardened lava after the flow moved away. The result is an erie yet fascinating collection of towering lava sculptures draped with various bright foliage.

The area is easy accessible and has public facilities in the parking lot. It is advised that one does not wander to far off the trail as the terrain can be unpredictable and dangerous areas can often be obscured by dense undergrowth.

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