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Contact: Jessica Ferracane / Public Affairs Specialist, (808) 985-6018
Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Most of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park opened Sunday following Hurricane Ana, except for Mauna Loa Road which remains closed due to downed trees.
Popular park features like Thurston Lava Tube, Kīlauea Iki Overlook, and the 19-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road are now open, including both visitor centers and Kīpukapuaulu (Bird Park). Nāmakanipaio Campground is also open.
The Kahuku Unit remains closed this weekend and will be assessed on Monday. Volcano Art Center, Volcano House, Kīlauea Military Camp, and the post office are open.
Park rangers observed no significant damage from Hurricane Ana, but heavy rainfall, thunder, and lightning impacted the park and Hawai‘i Island Friday and Saturday, causing hazardous conditions. More rain is forecast for East Hawai‘i through Sunday, and a flash flood advisory is in effect as of Sunday morning. Motorists are urged to drive with caution.
Check the Hawai‘i County Civil Defense website for updates on road closures and flood advisories, http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/. For updates on Hurricane Ana, visit http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/.