In 1790, a massive lava flow swept through the Puna District of Hawaii. While the destruction was devastating at the time, what was left behind was an archeological wonder. Lava Tree State Monument is a quaint park that has some of the best lava tree molds in Hawaii that are a result of this lava flow. The park consists of a pleasantly paved loop trail that takes about a half an hour to walk around. Here you can get up close and personal with these fascinating tree structures while also viewing some very beautiful vegetation and fauna. There is posted information along the trail so you can learn all about the lava and the lava trees while moving along at your own pace.
If you are looking for a break from the tourist scene, this place is great to visit as it remains off the beaten path, yet also has onsite parking which makes it very easy to reach. It is also on the way to the famous Kapoho tide pools, making it an easy and quick stop to add to your day's itinerary.
This site is certainly worth visiting and you should definitely bring your camera for this one. Anyone who has not seen lava trees in person will be completely enthralled.