The 'Ōhi'a Wing was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1932 (sic), and originally served as "Park Headquarters" for Hawaii National Park. Constructed in the classic Rustic Style, it was one of many projects that employed hundreds of young men struggling with unemployment during the Great Depression. With the effects of the Depression still looming and the onset of World War II, many important decisions regarding the safety of the park were made in this very building. Due to a surge in travel after the war, it was released Volcano House, renamed ''Ōhi'a Wing, and renovated to accommodate worldwide visitors eager to experience Kīlauea Volcano.
Change is once again in the wind for the 'Ōhi'a Wing. The park plans to rehabilitate the interior to preserve, protect and feature the park's museum collection which includes artwork and photographs, natural history specimens, and artifacts.
The park houses a notable collection of volcano-inspired artworks. Since 1939, Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park has amassed a significant art collection, including many works from the Volcano School (1880-1890) artists. This collection offers a historical perspective of each artist's interpretation of Kīluea. For the first time, these celebrated pieces will be exhibited in an environment that ensures
their preservation and security for future generations, and availability for public enjoyment.