Area Closures, Advisories, Drones/Unmanned Aircraft & Other Policies
December 2, 2016 - Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube) has been closed due to flooding from extremely heavy and continuous rainfall.
December 2, 2016 - The Kahuku Unit of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is closed today due to flooding. The flooding will be assessed to determine if Kahuku will reopen tommorrow, December 3, 2016.
December 1, 2016 - The summit of Mauna Loa is closed beyond Red Hill due to a winter storm that is expected to bring high winds and up to 12 inches of snow above 12,000 feet. Hikers can still obtain an overnight permit and stay at Hill Cabin. Backcountry permits to areas above 10,000 feet are temporarily suspended and day hiking is prohibited. Hikers going to Red Hill are be advised to proceed with caution and carry appropriate gear (more info).
December 1, 2016 - The picnic area at Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park) will be closed from December 6 to December 9, 2016 for the construction of an accessible pathway from the parking lot to the picnic shelter.
March 4, 2016 - Temporary Closure of the Kahuku Unit Upper Paddocks: The Kahuku road and upper paddocks are temporarily closed to the public at the cross gate due to Rapid 'Ōhi'a Death (ROD). Ten 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.
May 7, 2015- All areas immediately adjacent to Jaggar Museum extending from the developed parking lot and visitor use areas are closed due to hazardous conditions. These include steep cliffs, earth cracks and trip hazards. Areas will be delineated on the ground with signs, barrier devices or a combination of these and may be extended or changed based on assessments of NPS personnel and approved by the Superintendent or her designated representative.
Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Policies
Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Policy
Superintendent's Compendium 2016 (pdf - 4.05MB)
Status of the Park: Park is OPEN - Some Closures are in effect:
Currently the Chain of Craters Road is OPEN and the trail to Puʻu Huluhulu is OPEN. Both the Nāpau Trail beyond Puʻu Huluhulu and the Naulu Trail are OPEN (permit required).
Be aware that high levels of SO2 and/or smoke could occur at anytime. This is a very active area and subject to sudden closure.
The following restrictions remain in effect:
Portions of the Park are Closed
Advisory on Potential Closures:
The prevailing northeast tradewinds generally blow fumes from the volcano away from visitor areas. However, during times of weak winds or winds from the south (the opposite direction), volcanic fumes may impact visitor areas, prompting the park to close. Please be flexible and alert.
What should you do when you notice hazy/smoky/smog-like conditions (VOG)?:
Park rangers monitor air quality and will advise visitors when the situation prompts a closure. When a closure is ordered, please leave the area in an orderly manner with everyone's safety in mind. See: Visitor Alert - SO2 Advisory