Mauna Loa Lookout is a beautiful viewpoint located at the end of an unpaved 11 mile road that overlooks the Kilauea Crater below and serves as the trailhead for hikers looking to summit the largest subaerial volcano in the world, Mauna Loa. The drive up to the viewpoint is something in and of itself lush tropical foliage complete with vibrant tropical birds singing away. Lucky visitors may even spot the endemic ‘i‘iwi in all its stunning red feathers.
At the top, visitors will find a newly-paved parking lot, pit toilet, picnic tables, and ADA accessibility. There is also a shelter constructed by the CCC in 1937 still fully intact.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Mauna Loa Lookout is around sunset to watch the beautiful colors sweep across the landscape below.
Things to Note
The road taking cars up to the lookout is unpaved and narrow at different points. Parking at the top is limited to about 5 cars so plan accordingly.
Mauna Loa Lookout | Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
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