April HVNP Flight Operations Schedule
Helicopter operations during the month of April within Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park have been announced. The operations will be conducted for various tasks and on different days.
Below, you will find the upcoming flight dates, times, and their purposes:
April 8, 18, 21, 25, and 28, between 6 a.m. and noon, to shuttle crew, camp supplies, fencing material, and equipment to Mauna Loa at about 9,000-ft. elevation.
April 8, between 7 a.m. and noon, to shuttle crew and camp supplies between Daniel K. Inouye Highway (Saddle Road) and the northwest area of Kahuku for vegetation monitoring.
April 18, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., to shuttle crew to/from the western area of Kahuku, around 7,500-ft. elevation, for vegetation monitoring.
April 19, between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000- and 7,000-ft. elevation.
Park management requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity and conduct search-and-rescue missions, as well as law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and maintaining backcountry facilities.