Along the Coast
On the Road
park, situated on two active volcanoes, contains hidden hazards which may be
life-threatening. Stay alert and heed these warnings:
STAY ON MARKED TRAILS. Avoid cliffs,
earthcracks, and steam vents; the edges of these features are unstable and can be
slippery. Hiking over cracks and holes, loose rock, and thin lava crust greatly
increases your risk of getting hurt; falling on lava can result in severe wounds.
Always wear sturdy closed-toed walking shoes and long pants. Lava fields are
shadeless and hot. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses and drink plenty of fluids.
Carry at least one quart of water per person.
Heed warning signs. Fumes are hazardous to your health. Persons with heart or
respiratory problems and infants, young children, and pregnant women are especially at
risk and should avoid Halema'uma'u Crater, Sulphur Banks, and other areas where volcanic
fumes are present.
Expect strong winds, steep sea cliffs, high waves, and unpredictable surf conditions.
Drive courteously and defensively. Watch for pedestrians, bicyclists, and Nene (the
Hawaiian goose). Remember; park roads are scenic drives, not freeways. Observe
posted speed limits.
Eruptions can be extremely hazardous. The area around erupting vents is closed to
travel. Even from a distance fumes and fallout (Pele's hair, pumice, and cinder) can
cause lung and eye irritations. Heed the instruction of rangers and obey signs on
roads and trails.
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