The eruption of Kilauea Volcano continues as it has since its start in 1983 with periods of varying activity. Since the summer of 2013 lava has stopped its dramatic ocean entry and there has not been any activity accessible by hiking. You can still see it from a helicopter or visit Volcano National Park to view the active Halema`uma`u crater.
There are many day trips you can take if you want to see the sights. We recommend buying THE guidebook for this island – 'Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed.' Exploring our island with this book is like having your very own local guide friend. You can borrow one of our copies during your stay here.
From the enchanting Puna Coast and the reclusive Kehena Black Sand Beach, to the Kilauea Volcano in Volcano National Park and up to the majestic Akaka Falls, there are so many natural sights to bend your concepts of what beautiful can be.
If you desire the town life, the historic railway town of Pahoa is located only 6 miles away. There you have access to great dining, unique clothing, and an organic food shop. If Pahoa is too small for your tastes take it's only a 40 minute drive to Hilo, where you can explore the museums and restaurants in the big city.
Elvira can also provide you with maps, some guide books, and local insights to this side of the island. We'll be glad to help!
Directions from Hilo:
Take Highway 11 south heading towards the town of Volcano.
Go about ten or eleven miles on Highway 11 and just before the town of Keaau
You will turn left at the light on to Highway 130 towards Pahoa and Kalapana.
Go another ten plus miles and you will see the first turnoff to the town of Pahoa on your right. Stay on the bypass, which is still Highway 130, and you will go around Pahoa.
When you reach the other side of Pahoa you go straight through the stoplight towards Kalapana.
In about 2.5 miles you will see a green “Scenic point” sign on the right followed by a small green 15 mile marker sign, followed by a green sign on the right that says
“Opihikao”. Turn left here. (At night the turn is marked by a lone street lamp).
Go down hill for two miles and you will see our driveway on the right marked by a sign that reads “Elvira” (You will also see a giant heart-shaped face on the side of a storage container)
Come straight down the drive and our house is the tall house on the left!