Update - The Kahuku Unit's Forested Pit Crater and sections of the Glover Trail are now open to foot traffic only: Kahuku Road in the upper paddocks remain closed to vehicle traffic at the cross fence gate to help prevent the spread of Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) to upper Kahuku. Hiking to the Forested Pit Crater and open sections of Glover Trail is only allowed via the Pit Crater Trail or Pali O Ka' Eo Trail. Hikers must stay on all designated trails as well as spray and brush their footwear at the Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD) Decontamination Station on the Pit Crater Trail before proceeding to the Forested Pit Carter. Make sure to close all gates at the ROD Decontamination Station to prevent the spread of invasive ungulates into the upper section of the park. Plan on at least a 2.5 to 3 hour round trip to the Forested Pit Crater and back to the trail heads. Ask onsite rangers for further details and trail descriptions.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Policies
Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Policy
Superintendent's Compendium 2018 (pdf - 2.46MB)
Due to elevated fire risk, Mauna Loa Road is closed to vehicles past Kīpukapuaulu to the Mauna Lookout. The road remains open to pedestrians and bicyclists, and to backcountry hikers with a permit. Open fires, including charcoal cooking fires, are prohibited at Kīpukuapuaulu picnic area, Kilauea Military Camp and Nāmakanipaio.
Last updated: May 24, 2019