Born and raised on Oʻahu, Catherine Toth Fox is a freelance writer, blogger, journalism instructor and editor of HAWAIʻI Magazine, a Honolulu-based travel publication. When she’s not chasing around her toddler son or three dogs, she loves to hike, surf and eat everything in sight.
A trip to the largest of Hawaii Island's five national and historic parks is a step back in time, a place where two active volcanoes have long altered the landscape. From 1983 to 2018, lava poured into the Pacific Ocean, as it pounded and shaped the craggy shoreline. Today, endangered birds and rare orchids fill the rainforest and grasslands, geological wonders dot the terrain, and sacred cultural sites speak to the park's mythic roots.