Aloha Staff, Volunteers and Partners of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park!
I hope you and your loved ones are together and that we get through Hurricane Lane safely.
Earlier this week the management team and I made the decision to set a goal for a partial, safe reopening. Pele has afforded us that opportunity and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel-well at least as far as the eruption goes! September 22, 2018, National Public Lands Day, is the day we have identified. The theme this year, Resilience and Restoration, is a testament to all of you.
So you may wonder how we will do that. Our immediate attention will go to transitioning from outside of the park to back into our park. This will be done in a strategic and informed way so as not to leave our commitments to our sister parks and other agencies unmet. Secondly, we have begun to make those minor repairs that may be necessary to allow for all of us to safely return. And lastly, sometime in early September, we plan to deploy a Damage Assessment Team to identify those larger, more complex and more long term repairs that will need to be made and likely cost millions of dollars. This team will be joined by a team from the Federal Highway Administration, and will develop a Recovery Strategy and spending plan to guide us, in alignment with our General Management Plan.
Visitors should expect limited services, limited hours and only a smattering of areas to be open, for their safety, and ours. Most importantly, they should expect to be welcomed.
Mahalo to you all, for sharing your great ideas and thoughts regarding this, as well as the long-term future of our park. Mahalo to our communities for attending the Talk Story sessions and sharing as well.
See you at the All Employee Meeting on October 3, 2018, 7:45 a.m. in the KVC Auditorium.
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