List of Active Volcanoes in Hawaii

List of Active Volcanoes in Hawaii

active volcanoes in hawaii

Volcanoes are a popular tourist attraction in Hawaii. People long to experience their breathtaking views, hoping for the opportunity to safely catch one spraying lava into the air. Here at Tropical Helicopters, we offer you a birds-eye view of some of Hawaii’s famous volcanoes! Here is a list of active volcanoes in Hawaii:


Kilauea is considered the home of the Hawaiian volcano goddess, Pele, and rightfully so. It is one of Hawaii’s most active volcanoes, having erupted 62 times in the past 245 years. Some of the eruptions last for YEARS. For example, the current eruption began in January 1983 and has not stopped since! Tropical Helicopters’ tour offers a view of Kilauea in our Doors-Off Over The Volcano trip!


Loihi, which means “long one,” is sometimes called the “youngest volcano” in Hawaii. Known for its elongated shape, the mountain lies under the sea and sits on the flank of Mauna Loa volcano. Loihi rises more than 3000 meters off the ocean floor! While people originally believed  the volcano to be inactive, closer inspection in the 1970’s revealed that Loihi was indeed an active volcano. Loihi erupted in August 1996 and has been indisputably active ever since.


Hualalai’s last eruption occurred from 1800-1801. It began erupting 800,000 years ago and emerged from the sea 300,000 years ago. Hualalai is the third youngest Hawaiian shield volcano and has three rift zones. Only one eruption has ever been recorded, documented by Captain Cook’s crew in 1800.

Mauna Loa

Mauna Loa translates to “long mountain,” and rises 4170 meters above sea level. The mountain has erupted 39 times since 1832, and is considered one of the earth’s most active volcanoes. Additionally, Mauna Loa is the largest volcano in the WORLD. This beauty is due to erupt anytime now, so if you’re lucky, you may get to witness it!


Haleakala stands 10,000 feet above sea level and began growing approximately 1-2 million years ago. Many tourists visit Haleakala Crater, a site known for its breathtaking views and for the twists and turns of the road. Haleakala hasn’t erupted for some time. Still, it’s beauty makes it a must-see while you’re in Hawaii!

Tropical Helicopters offers tours that allow you to view Hawaii’s gorgeous volcanoes from the sky! Book with us today and experience our islands’ volcanic beauty in an unforgettable way!