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Most of Volcanoes National Park Remains Closed

May 14, 2018, 2:52 PM HST (Updated May 14, 2018, 2:52 PM)
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Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park remains closed since Friday, May 11, 2018, due to ongoing seismic activity, summit deflation, and a possible steam explosion at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano.  Most of the park will remain closed until further notice.

Only the Kahuku Unit is open during normal hours, Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kahuku is a one-hour drive south of the park’s main entrance on Highway 11.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit – 1868 lava flow
NPS Photo

Approximately two-thirds of the park remains closed due to ongoing seismic activity, summit deflation, and a possible steam explosion at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. The park will reopen closed areas when it is safe to do so.

At the request of the park, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction that extends 20,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) and a 12-nautical-mile radius around the summit of Kīlauea.

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The park appreciates the support, cooperation and understanding from media, visitors and the community.

The park will reopen closed areas when it is safe to do so.

The park is planning to increase the number of days the Kahuku Unit is open. The park will provide an update as soon as possible via official park communications channels and their website, www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes.

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