Nāmakanipaio Campground Now OpenApril 20, 2016, 10:29 AM HST (Updated April 28, 2016, 10:02 AM)
****As of April 28, 2016, Nāmakanipaio Campground has reopened to the public.***
***Updated at 12:05 p.m. to included updated National Park Service information.***
The National Park Services says that Nāmakanipaio Campground will not reopen as planned on Thursday, April 21, due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
A park spokesperson says the anticipated reopening date is now next week.
***Original story posted at 10:29 a.m.***
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park’s Nāmakanipaio Campground will reopen on April 21, following its September closure for removal of non-native eucalyptus trees that posed a falling hazard on the grounds.
Hawai’i Volcanoes Lodge Company manages the campground under a concession contract for the park.
“We mahalo the public for their patience while we ensure the campground is safe again,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We are delighted to reopen Nāmakanipaio during National Park Week, and well ahead of summer.”
Visitors to the island, as well as local residents, use the camping grounds located near Kilauea’s summit at about the 4,000 feet elevation.
The campground was established in the 1960’s and features drive-in campsites for tent camping, restrooms, showers, barbecues, and 10 rustic one-room A-frame cabins with bunk beds.
Park officials say that the removal of the eucalyptus trees will allow for native species, including the ohia and koa, to flourish.
Campsites for tent camping are $15 a night, while the A-frame cabins start at $80 a night, $50 for Hawai’i residents. Reservations can be made on the Hawai’i Volcano House website.