HVNP Announces Public Notice of Aircraft Use
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has announced that helicopter services will be used within park areas on various days throughout the next month.
The upcoming flights and their purposes are as follows:
April 8, 10, 20, and 24, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m., to transport fencing material from near the top of Mauna Loa Road to approximately 9,000 ft. elevation.
April 14 and 23, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000 and 7,000 ft. elevation.
April 27 and May 7, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m, flying camp supplies and equipment from ‘Āinahou to ‘Āpua Point, Keauhou, and Halapē campsites for guinea grass control and monitoring during the hawksbill turtle nesting season.
HVNP spokesperson Jessica Ferracane said the schedule is subject to change pending the availability of the aircraft and weather conditions.
Additional uses of the aircraft include monitoring and research of volcanic activity, search-and-rescue efforts, law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and the maintenance of backcountry facilities.