Upper Mauna Loa Road Temporarily Closed for Repairs
Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, HI - The mauka part of Mauna Loa Road is closed for repairs during daylight hours, today through Jan. 25, weather permitting, as road improvement projects continue at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. Mauna Loa Road will re-open at night and for the upcoming weekend.
Crews are patching the pavement along the first two-mile section of the narrow road, just past Kīpukapuaulu. Kīpukapuaulu and the tree molds remain open, but Kīpukakī, Mauna Loa Lookout, and the park's backcountry trail off Mauna Loa Road are not accessible.
The road will re-open daily when crews finish work, at approximately 5 p.m., and will be open for the upcoming weekend. Mauna Loa Road is a popular vantage point for residents and visitors wanting to observe the glow from the lava lake within Halemaʻumaʻu after dark.
Drivers are also reminded to pay attention to, and be respectful of, traffic control personnel directing vehicles within the main section of Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, where several road improvement projects continue.
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