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

During the shutdown of the federal government due to a lapse of appropriations, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. more>>

September 22, 2018 - Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopens

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The following Locations / Trails Remain Closed:

  • The Pu’u Pua’i Overlook is closed to protect Nene. The gate is secured at the entrance to the parking lot. The Pu’u Pua’I end of Devastation trail is also closed
  • Jaggar Museum (indefinitely)
  • Crater Rim Drive between Kilauea Military Camp and Jaggar Museum is closed
  • Hilina Pali Road past Kulanaokuaiki Is closed to vehicles (it is open to pedestrians and non-motorized bicycles)
  • Kau Desert Trail (spur trail from Highway 11 to the Footprints shelter is open as is the section of trail to the Mauna Iki trail)
  • Crater Rim Trail beyond Kilauea Military Camp
  • Iliahi Trail
  • Crater Rim Trail from Volcano House to Kīlauea Iki
  • Kīlauea Iki Trail
  • Nāhuku - Thurston Lava Tube
Special Reopening Advisory
Special Reopening Advisory (pdf version - 361KB)

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
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 2018 (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: December 22, 2018

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