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Roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will get needed TLC

Two pedestrians on a narrow one-lane road with trees overhead covering the road in a tree tunnel
Two walkers on Mauna Loa Road

NPS Photo/J.Wei

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News Release Date: March 4, 2021

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaii National Park, HAWAI‘I – Mauna Loa Road, Hilina Pali Road, the Kīpukapuaulu turnabout and Nāmakanipaio Campground and cabin access roads are all slated for roadside vegetation management and pavement preservation work. The “TLC” will require extended road closures and/or single-lane closures that start Thursday, March 4 and last through April 19. See the schedule below: 

Mauna Loa Road will be fully closed at all times to vehicles past the gate at Kīpukapuaulu and closed to pedestrians and bicycles during work hours. 
When: March 4 to March 26. Work hours are weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Road will be open to bicycles and pedestrians after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday but will remain closed to vehicles. 

Hilina Pali Road will be fully closed at all times to vehicles at the intersection with Chain of Craters Road and closed to pedestrians and bicycles during work hours. Hilina Pali Road is open on weekends for foot and bicycles traffic only. Kulanaokuaiki Campground will not be accessible to vehicles during this time. 
When: March 16 to April 19. Work hours are weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Road will be open to bicycles and pedestrians after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday but will remain closed to vehicles. 

Kīpukapuaulu Turnabout will have single-lane closures, no restrictions on access. 
When: Monday, March 29 (one day), 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Nāmakanipaio Campground and Cabin Access Roads will have single-lane closures, no additional restrictions on access. 
When: March 30 and 31, 7 am. to 4 p.m. 

Backcountry access to Mauna Loa summit and areas in the southwest rift zone of Kīlauea will be rerouted. All existing backcountry permits will be honored. Contact the Backcountry Office, 808-985-6178 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily with questions, or email havo_backcountry@nps.gov.  

Pavement preservation is needed to maintain and preserve roadways, and includes patchwork like fixing potholes, heaves and depressions. Some areas will be repaved and others will be treated with durable sealant. 



Last updated: March 29, 2021

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