Volcano Hostels with Kilauea Crater and Iiwi
                     Backpackers hostel and budget adventure travellers welcome
Volcanoes National Park lava flow interior

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park main entrance is within 1 mile of our hostel. The park is highlighted by 2 volcanoes: Kilauea Crater and Mauna Loa. The most recent volcanic activity is often of keen interest to visitors, and we can give you the latest information. The national park includes alpine, rain forest, desert, and active volcanism. It also has over 150 miles of trails - with several cabins that are free to registered hikers ... We are at almost 1200 meters (3900') above sea level, so bring a sweater/jacket and good rain gear ...


Lava flow active from Kilauea area

Hawaii Animals | Native Animals of Hawaii

Recommended in recent Lonely Planet & Let's Go Publications Travel Guides ...

Hawaii animals that are terrestrial and "natural" have a unique - and somewhat strange history. If you are familiar with the fauna of the Galapagos Islands, it is a good starting point of the processes that have brought the current animals to Hawaii. However, naturalists, backpackers, campers, and adventurers that have already done significant natural travels on our planet - still have trouble initially grasping the finer points of these Hawaiian animals' evolution and natural history.

The Galpagos Islands are famous for their native species, and very similar processes went on to evolve Hawaii's animals that are native to this island chain. For example, whereas the Galapagos have their famous finches, Hawaii has a similar evolutionary history with birds called Honeycreepers. However, the Hawaiian Islands are even further removed from all continents - essentially in almost the middle of the largest ocean on the planet. This means land species had even more difficulty in establishing themselves here - and it only happened under very specific circumstances. For example, there is only one native land-based mammal that made it here before humans - the Hawaiian Hoary Bat, or more formally, "Lasiurus cinereus semotus". And probably not coincidentally, this is a flying mammal. And there are no native reptiles or amphibians.

Hawaii's animals and plants that are native (not brought by humans or human activity), can arrive here in several ways. They can fly here (probably the birds and the one bat ... and insects high in the skies), they can be travelling on flighted animals, and they can wash ashore here on natural rafts after a long, probably unplanned voyage from another land (e.g., logs and other flotsam and jetsom like vegetation mats). There is another important detail, in that, those who arrive that will propagate, need to either be in mating pairs, find a mate that has already arrived and not died yet, or be an already pregnant female. The latter is probably the most statisitically likely, and thus recurring.

Originally, each newly formed island has been deviod of lifeforms as it broke through the ocean surface and became land. The initial volcanic island could accept new terrestrial life from any of the methods mentioned above. Since the beginning of the hot spot (at least 70 million years ago), for any newly formed island, there has been a chain of still extant islands not far from its shore to the northwest (like Maui and Oahu and Kauai today for the Big Island). So, in all probability, multiple Hawaiian animals and plants have come to any newly formed island by a kind of "leap frogging" from a just slightly older island to its northwest ... and this has been going on for tens of millions of years.

Volcano, Hawaii hostel entrance area and porch

Volcano Hostel's kitchen

Ladies' dorm room in Volcano Village

Volcano Hostel room with private bath

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