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Fallen Trees Cause Closure of Nāmakanipaio

October 9, 2015, 3:53 PM HST
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Several large and hazardous eucalyptus trees recently fell at Nāmakanipaio Campground, causing the closure of the campground and its cabins, according to a Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park official.

Recent heavy rain and strong winds were reportedly contributing factors to the downing of the trees.

An assessment is being conducted by the park and Hawai’i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC, which manages the campground and cabins within the national park. Once the assessment is completed, officials will have a better idea of when the campground will reopen.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause for park visitors and the community who enjoy Nāmakanipaio,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Safety is our number one priority in the park, and we do not want anyone to get hurt.”

HVNP says that Kulanaokuaiki Campground remains open on a first-come, first-served basis and is currently free.

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In addition, the backcountry campgrounds along the coast, at Nāpau Crater Overlook, Pepeiao, and on Mauna Loa remain open. Backpackers can obtain a backcountry permit from the backcountry office, which is located in the Visitor Emergency Operations Center. The backcountry office is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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