Park ‘Ohana Information & Updates

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.

With aloha,



Eruption Information


Park Reopening

  • September 22: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopens to delight of everyone... Read More
  • October 5: Mauna Loa Road and Mauna Loa backcountry are scheduled to reopen Monday, October 8, 2018 (Discoverer's Day).
  • October 8: Mauna Loa Road and Mauna Loa backcountry reopened.
  • October 19: Coastal backcountry reopened - Read More

Employee Hot Line

  • 808-985-6177


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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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    Kīlauea Summit - Before & After
    NASA image taken on January 14, 2003 USGS photo taken on August 7, 2018
    NASA image taken on January 14, 2003
    USGS photo taken on August 7, 2018

    Halemau‘uma‘u Overlook Parking Area: Before & After
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    Last updated: December 4, 2018

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