Park ‘Ohana Information & Updates

Aloha Staff, Volunteers and Partners of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park!

I want to thank each and every one of you for your continued support and patience while Pele reminds us who’s in charge. Every day brings a new challenge for all of us, in the form of earthquakes, ash eruptions, vog or sometimes all three! Operations staff continue to respond to these challenges, in addition to their normal response activities and assists; our folks in the field continue to work hard on repairing roads, fencing, waterlines and electrical systems. Each day we are closed adds more worry and frustration for all of us. Many of us are on the road a whole lot more than we are used to. Your safety is our utmost priority! I hope you will remember that nothing lasts forever, remain positive and stay safe!

In order to keep you informed of what’s going on in our beloved park, we’ve set up this web page for you. It’s intended for our internal audience, so please bookmark it and check back frequently for updates. Scroll down to find the latest news releases, photos, and videos. Catch up on the Chain of Craters Road project, find out the latest eruption updates from USGS, monitor air quality, ash advisories, weather alerts, and more. We hope you find this information useful. Please continue to work with your supervisor on work-specific questions.

Warm aloha to one and all,

Cindy Orlando, Superintendent


Eruption Information


Park Closure Status

  • FAQ page
  • The Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It's closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • The rest of the park is closed

remote office locations

Alternate Work Sites

  • Incident Command locations: VEOC, USFS
  • Park office space in Hilo: USFS
  • Interpretation: teleworking, Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, Kahuku and Volcano Art Center (the Volcano Art Center is paring back to VIPs only)
  • Cultural Resources: teleworking
  • Natural Resources: teleworking, Kahuku Unit, `Ola`a Forest Reserve
  • Maintenance: teleworking, Kahuku Unit, water system repair
  • Law Enforcement: maintaining park closure, Kahuku Unit
  • Administration: teleworking, maintaining closure, PUHO

Employee Hot Line

  • 808-985-6177





Kīlauea Summit - Then and Now
Kīlauea summit on November 28, 2008 Kīlauea summit on August 1, 2018
Kīlauea summit on November 28, 2008 Photo courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Kīlauea summit on August 1, 2018 Photo courtesy USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
USGS - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory: Then and now. It has proven difficult to exactly match past and present views of Kīlauea's summit to show the dramatic changes in the volcanic landscape, but here's our latest attempt. At left is a photo taken on November 28, 2008, with a distinct gas plume rising from the vent that had opened within Halema‘uma‘u about eight months earlier. At right is a photo taken on August 1, 2018, to approximate the 2008 view for comparison.


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