“Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Reopens to the Delight of Everyone!”
Jessica Ferracane, HVNP Public Affairs Specialist
Special Vlog from HVNP Opening Day, September 22, 2018
News Release – August, 2018 – Ben Hayes, Chief of Interpretation
Hawaii National Park, HI
For the first time in many years, there is no molten lava to see in the park. The recent eruption saw the disappearance of the summit lava lake and lava flows from Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō have ceased.
Between May and August, 62 collapse-explosion events at the summit of Kīlauea produced scores of rockfalls and fractured park overlooks, trails, waterlines, parking lots and roads.
Following a lengthy closure and an extensive safety assessment the Park reopened September 22, 2018.
The following areas are safe and open to the public:
- Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
- Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store at Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
- Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp
- Sulphur Banks Trail
- Crater Rim Drive to Steam Vents
- Kīlauea Iki Overlook and parking lot
- Devastation Trail and Pu‘u Pua‘i
- Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko‘i Crater, for pedestrians and bicyclists only
- Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu; open to pedestrians and bicyclists past Kīpukapuaulu
- Sections of Escape Road from Highway 11
- Chain of Craters Road
- The Volcano Art Center Gallery and Kilauea Military Camp are now open. Limited services may be available at Volcano House.
- An initial interior inspection was completed on Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), but additional assessments are needed. It will remain closed for now.Areas not listed above should be presumed closed.
The Park has a long range plan to open additional areas when they are safe for visitors.
See a map of the Park below with sites and trails now open:
The island and its people are recovering
with the spirt of resilience and restoration.