May 10, 2013 |
Volcano House , uniquely located on the edge of the active Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii , has reopened after a multimillion-dollar restoration by its new owners. The hotel sits within the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . It is located just across Crater Rim Drive from the visitor center. There has been lodging on the site since 1846, when a grass hut was built to house visitors to the volcano. Among its famous former guests were American writer Mark Twain, British author Robert Louis Stevenson and French microbiologist Louis Pasteur.
April 18, 2013 |
Academic researchers and federal scientists have for the first time come up with direct evidence of feral cats killing endangered Hawaiian petrels. The study, by scientists from the University of Hawaii, the National Park Service and the U.S. Geological Survey, confirms what has been widely suspected, that wild cats are playing an important role in the population decline of the rare birds. The study involved monitoring of 14 Hawaiian petrel burrows with digital infrared video cameras in 2007 and 2008 on the island of Hawaii.
April 11, 2013 |
A California teenager is lucky to be alive, officials say, after falling 25 feet down a scorchingly hot crack in the Earth's surface at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii . Rescuers were summoned shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday to a steam vent between the Kilauea Visitor Center and the Volcano House hotel , not far from the park's main entrance. The 15-year-old boy from San Rafael, who was not identified, fell into the crack while trying to leap over the protective railing that's intended to keep visitors away from the hole.
December 13, 2012 |
Explore Hawaii 's Big Island on a two-wheel tour to see the rim of Kilauea Crater, sea turtles at Walohinu and Kona's lush coffee country. The seven-day Hawaii Classic Bike Tour from Bicycle Adventures features a circumnavigation of the perimeter of the island, with rides averaging 45 miles a day. Off-bike activities include a hike into Kilauea Crater, with two nights spent at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park , and a catamaran trip to go snorkeling. The tour begins in Waikoloa.
December 12, 2012 |
WHERE AM I? Well lighted and high up This man is changing a lightbulb in one of the country's best-loved national parks. (Bring on the ranger jokes.) This fancy lamp hangs in a signature park hotel, well above sea level, somewhere west of the Mississippi and east of the Ginza (in Tokyo). But which hotel is it, in which park? (Hints: The park was founded in 1890. The hotel opened in 1927 and was used as a Navy hospital during World War II.) Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park, Calif.
August 15, 2012 |
Author Mark T wain slept here -- in 1866. "The surprise of finding a good hotel at such as outlandish spot startled me, considerably more than the volcano did," Twain wrote. He was describing the dramatic setting of the Volcano House, a 19th-century hotel that started life as a grass shack overlooking the Kilauea caldera on the island of Hawaii. Now Volcano House and 10 camping cabins in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that have been closed since 2010 will partly reopen Saturday. The National Park Service announced Tuesday that it had signed a 15-year contract with the Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Co. to renovate and refurbish the lodgings that include the 32-room hotel and the cabins at Namakanaipalo Campground.