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Pahoa Lava Zone Museum

4 locals recommend ·

Tips from locals

October 06, 2019
This brand new museum shows videos of the most recent eruption in 2018 and has numerous lava rock samples and photos of the fissures and lava flow. It’s run by volunteers so call before you go. They are very informative and love sharing their knowledge
June 03, 2019
While strolling old Pahoa Town visit the newly opened Lava Zone Museum. It is staffed by volunteers who experienced the 2018 Kilauea eruption and are knowledgeable about our area. What it may lack in sophistication is made up for by the Aloha Spirit!
May 21, 2019
A memorial and museum describing the recent volcanic activity in Pahoa. Geological samples, photographs, and a record of the human experience of living on an active volcano.
December 24, 2018
Small local museum to answer all your questions on the recent lava flow as well as Pahoa Towns Lava History.

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15-2959 Pahoa Village Rd
Pāhoa, HI 96778
Phone+1 808-937-4146
Hours of Operation statusClosed · Opens Tuesday 11:00 AM