Area Closures, Advisories, Drones/Unmanned Aircraft & Other Policies

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Special Reopening Advisory
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August 31, 2018 - Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park makes progress towards reopening September 22 – National Public Lands Day.

The park is preparing to reopen the following areas on Sept. 22 by 10 a.m.:

  • Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
  • Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store at Kīlauea Visitor Center (closes at 5 p.m.)
  • Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp
  • Sulphur Banks Trail
  • Crater Rim Drive to Steam Vents
  • Kīlauea Iki Overlook and parking lot
  • Devastation Trail and Pu‘u Pua‘i
  • Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko‘i Crater, for pedestrians and bicyclists only
  • Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu. The road will be open to pedestrians and bicyclists past Kīpukapuaulu
  • Sections of Escape Road from Highway 11
  • Chain of Craters Road
Areas not listed above should be presumed closed. There is no drinking water in the park. Unforeseen circumstances could delay the projected reopening. During the last several weeks, two hurricanes threatened the park, and a damaging wildfire burned nearly 3,800 acres of native forest on Mauna Loa.

May 11, 2018 - Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is closed due to increased and damaging earthquakes, corrosive volcanic ash, and continuing explosions from Halema‘uma‘u, the summit crater of Kīlauea Volcano.

Who: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

What: Closure of most of the park. Only the Kahuku Unit will be open during its normal hours, Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. a one-hour drive south of the main park entrance.

When: Friday, May 11, 2018 until further notice

Why: Safety. Due to the anticipated steam-induced explosion at the summit of Kīlauea due to the receding lava lake, and the possibility of a rock and ash fall event, the majority of the park is closed until further notice. We will reopen when it is safe to do so.

What’s New: At the request of the park, the FAA has issued a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) that extends 20,000 feet AGL and a 12 nautical mile radius around the summit of Kīlauea.

October 25, 2017 Update - The Kahuku Unit Upper Paddocks Remain Closed: The Kahuku road and upper paddocks remain closed to the public at the cross gate due to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD). Serveral trees have been confirmed to be infected with ROD in the lower paddocks below the cross gate. Currently ROD has not been found in the upper paddocks. The closure is necessary to prevent the spread of ROD to the upper paddocks. The Forested Pit Crater trail and Kona trail are not accessible.


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Policies


Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Policy
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.


Superintendent's Compendium 2017 (pdf - 2.46MB)
The Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority are regulations specific to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. These regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations ("36 CFR").


Last updated: September 14, 2018

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