Fire Threat Prompts Partial Closure of Hilina Pali Road
Extreme fire danger conditions exist in several area of Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park due to Hawai`i County's prolonged dry spell.
To reduce the risk of wildland fire in the park's mid-elevation woodlands, Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando closed the lower five miles of Hilina Pali Road at the Mauna Iki trailhead until further notice.
Visitors can still picnic and camp at Kulanaokuaiki Campground. However, the closure will prevent access to trailheads at Hilina Pali Overlook.
"Please use extreme caution," said Fire management Officer Joe Molhoek. "It is beyond dry out there!"
Visitors should refrain from smoking while hiking and completely extinguish and dispose of cigarettes properly. Drivers should always park on paved surfaces. A car's hot undercarriage can ignite grass and other shrubs.
In addition, the following fire restrictions remain in effect throughout the park:
Did You Know?
`A`ali`i (Dodonaea viscosa) is an important shrub with many traditional Hawaiian uses. Its hard and durable wood makes a fine spear. Seed pods are fashioned into beautiful lei, while its red capsules can be boiled to make dye.