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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Reopens to Visitors!

October 17, 2013
The Macfarlane family enjoys the views of Halema‘uma‘u from Steaming Bluffs

The Macfarlanes of Scotland were the first visitors to enter the park when it reopened at 6 a.m. today. And what timing! They return to Scotland on a late flight tonight! NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened to visitors today, Oct. 17, 2013. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back online.  Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has been closed since Oct. 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

“We are all eager and excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to the park,” stated Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

The following areas in the park are open:

Roads:  Chain of Craters Road and all scenic overlooks are now open. Crater Rim Drive is open, except for the section closed since 2008 due to volcanic fumes.

Features: Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents, and the Jaggar Museum observation deck overlooking erupting Halema‘uma‘u Crater are now open.

Halema‘uma‘u

By dawn’s early light. Halema‘uma‘u aglow at sunrise this morning. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Visitor Centers and Programs:  Kīlauea Visitor Center opened at 8:45 a.m. today, the Jaggar Museum opened at 8:30 a.m., and ranger-led programs will resume as quickly as possible.

Trails:  All trails are open for day use.

Campgrounds:  All park campgrounds, including Nāmakanipaio, Kulanaokuaiki, and backcountry campgrounds, are open.

Concessionaire services:  Volcano House, the Nāmakanipaio A-frame cabins, and Kīlauea Military Camp are welcoming guests immediately, and limited food service will begin Fri., Oct. 18.

For more information about Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visit www.nps.gov/havo, or call 808-985-6000.

Kīlauea

Opening Shot. A breathtaking image of Kīlauea Crater and steam-filled Kīlauea Iki Crater in the background, taken from Kīlauea Overlook. NPS Photo Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura

About the National Park Service. National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. 

Early morning sunshine on park roads welcomed visitors and staff back to work this morning. NPS Photo/Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura

Early morning sunshine on park roads welcomed visitors and staff back to work this morning. NPS Photo/Jadelyn Moniz-Nakamura

Park Ranger Chantel Weaver raises the United States and Hawai‘i State flags at Kīlauea Visitor Center this morning. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

Park Ranger Chantel Weaver raises the United States and Hawai‘i State flags at Kīlauea Visitor Center this morning. NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

We're smiling with you, Mcfarlane ‘ohana! :) NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

We’re smiling with you, Macfarlane ‘ohana! :) NPS Photo/J.Ferracane

-NPS-

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    October 17, 2013 2:13 pm

    Congratulations!

  2. Frank Cabunoc permalink
    October 17, 2013 6:33 pm

    Kilauea was a disappointment. We didn’t see any lava or flying lava explosions. Too bad the lava flow to the ocean stopped. The only choice was a tour through private property at $100 a pop to see lava or helicopter ride for $300 upwards to see the crater. If you are expecting to see red glowing lava on your next Big Island trip, don’t have your hopes too high. The best chance of seeing lava is by buying the DVD from the park store.

    • HAVO PAO permalink*
      October 18, 2013 9:08 am

      Frank, we’re curious when you were here. If it was during the shutdown, then yes, you are right that it was challenging to see glowing lava. But since 2008, the summit eruption of Kīlauea from Halema‘uma‘u Crater has dazzled visitors with its glowing lava lake. It’s rare to hear that someone has been disappointed after visiting the national park.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    October 17, 2013 9:26 pm

    Yay! The last day of my trip I was able to visit the park. Skipped the beaches with my son for the day. Nancy from Ohio

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