Instructions: The virtual field trip along Chain of Craters Road has two parts: a view from the air, and a ground tour. The locations numbered in yellow on the map below show the places you can see from the air. You may wish to see all of the air photographs or you can go directly to a specific air photograph by clicking on one of the yellow circles. You may begin the ground tour by clicking on the number 1 in the white circle, or you may visit any of the stops on the ground tour by clicking on the corresponding white circle.
When you have completed the field trip, you can take a short quiz to test your knowledge of the Chain of Craters Road!
To the east and south of the summit of Kilauea, there is a major line of weakness within the volcano that is called the East Rift Zone. It is along this rift zone that many eruptions, including the one that's happening today, have taken place. Fortunately for visitors to the Volcano National Park, you can drive down much of the Rift Zone along the Chain of Craters Road. This part of Virtually Hawaii takes you down this scenic and educational route!
Author: Lori Glaze
Copyright by P. Mouginis-Mark
Curator: Lori Glaze