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Kīlauea Visitor Center to Be Closed for Termite Treatment

January 11, 2022, 1:28 PM HST
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Kīlauea Visitor Center at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park will be closed Jan. 19-20 for termite treatment.

During an inspection, the park’s facilities management crew noted significant termite damage and estimated that 25% of the attic framing in the visitor center had active termite nests. If not treated, the infestation will cause structural damage to the historic building and the park’s cultural resource collections.

The closure will affect the entire facility, including the restrooms, lānai, administrative space and the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association store.

Portable restrooms will be available for visitors in the visitor center’s parking lot. All of the park’s other restroom facilities will remain open, including Uēkahuna, Kīlauea Iki, Devastation Trail, Nāhuku and others.

Park rangers will be available to assist visitors near the hula platform not far from the Volcano Art Center Gallery. Visitors are reminded to keep everyone safe by maintaining social distance and wearing a mask.

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The Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association will set up a temporary retail area beneath a tent near the park rangers, and its online store will continue to be available.

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