- The endangered Honu (Green Sea Turtle) are frequently seen in shallow waters and basking in the sun on beaches. They travel over 700 miles to lay their nests before retuning to this area.
- Established in 1916 as a national park, this area was designated as an International Biosphere Reserve in 1980 and a World Heritage Site in 1987 due to its outstanding natural values.
- In addition to the regular 'from your car' sightseeing, the park offers some truly unique hiking and camping experiences.
- Elevations inside this park range from sea level to a summit of 13,677 feet.
- The main attraction for tourists to this park is an opportunity to see one of the world's most active volcanoes. From 1983 to 1991, lava flows repeatedly invaded communities burying eight miles of highway and destroying 181 houses and a visitor center.
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