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HVNP Launches New Webpage on Temporary Road Closures

April 2, 2021, 8:22 AM HST
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Mauna Loa Access Road, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. (Photo/M.Szoenyi)

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has launched a new webpage that provides information on temporary road closures.

Pavement preservation work continues, and extended road closures will continue through June 1 while some park roads and infrastructure are repaired. Kulanaokuaiki Campground will be closed between April 12 and June 1.

Road closure schedule as of April 1, 2021:

Mauna Loa Road is currently open for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, but will be closed during work hours from the gate past Kīpukapuaulu when workers repave the road to the first cattleguard starting April 5.

Work Hours: Closure occurs April 5-13, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The road past the gate will open to bicycles and pedestrians after 6 p.m. but will remain closed to vehicles.

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Hilina Pali Road is currently open in its entirety to the Hilina Pali Lookout but is slated for a seven-week closure starting April 12. The closure includes Kulanaokuaiki Campground.

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Work Hours: April 12 through June 1, Mondays through Fridays, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hilina Pali Road will open to bicycles and pedestrians after 6 p.m. on weekdays and will be open all day Saturdays and Sundays and Memorial Day (May 31) but will remain closed to vehicles. Kulanaokuaiki Campground will remain closed from April 12 to June 1.

Pavement preservation is needed to maintain and preserve roadways and includes patchwork like fixing potholes, heaves and depressions. Some areas will be repaved and others will be treated with durable sealant.

There will be additional road closures, park improvements and other projects in the coming months not listed above. Those, and any changes in the schedule due to weather or other reasons, will be updated on the webpage: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/temporary-road-closures.htm.

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