Parts of HVNP Closed Due to Breeding & Nesting NēnēDecember 7, 2018, 1:58 PM HST (Updated December 7, 2018, 5:10 PM)
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reports that the Pu‘u Pua‘i Overlook and parking lot are temporarily closed to protect breeding and nesting nēnē (endangered Hawaiian geese) in the area.
The gate is secured at the entrance to the Pu‘u Pua‘i parking lot, near the intersection of Chain of Craters Road and Crater Rim Drive. Visitors are able to hike about 0.4 miles of Devastation Trail from the Devastation Trail parking lot to a trail sign marking the closure.
In 1952, only 30 nēnē remained statewide. Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park began efforts to recover the imperiled geese in the 1970s. The Nēnē Recovery Program continues today, and more than 200 birds thrive in the park from sea level to around 8,000 feet.
Pu‘u Pua‘i is a massive reddish-brown cindercone that formed during an eruption at Kīlauea Iki crater in 1959. Evidence of this eruption is visible in the form of small tephra cinders that blanket the ground along Crater Rim Drive towards Keanakāko‘i Crater.