Kahuku Unit Closed Due to Hurricane Lane

August 22, 2018, 9:37 AM HST (Updated August 22, 2018, 9:37 AM)
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Visitors enjoy a hike in the Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. PC: HVNP

The Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will be closed Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23, 2018, due to Hurricane Lane. All programs are canceled.

At this time, Hurricane Lane is headed towards the Hawaiian Islands according to the National Weather Service (NWS), and a Hurricane Warning is in effect for most of Hawai‘i Island. The NWS also issued a Flash Flood Watch for all Hawaiian Islands and a High Surf Warning for all south-facing shores of Hawai‘i Island.

The community Talk Story event about the future of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park scheduled for Thursday at Kahuku has been rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 30, at 10 a.m.

Park staff are busy preparing for the storm by stowing loose items, and preparing chainsaws and other tools to respond to any damage caused by the hurricane, including fallen trees blocking roadways.

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Most of the park has been closed to the public since May 11 due to hazardous volcanic and seismic activity. A partial reopening date has been set for Sept. 22, National Public Lands Day since the lull in activity began earlier this month.

Check the park website for updates, and follow the park’s official social media channels for updates,

For Civil Defense updates for the County of Hawai‘i, go online.

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