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Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018
Hawaii National Park, HAWAI‘I – More park roads, parking lots and trails will temporarily close for improvement in the weeks ahead as pavement preservation work continues in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park.
Visitors and tour operators can plan ahead for temporary closures that might impact their visit by checking the schedule on the park website, but should be aware that recent rainy weather could force last-minute changes: https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/temporary-road-closures.htm.
New temporary closures that are tentatively scheduled to start Monday, May 24 include the Nāhuku area (Thurston Lava Tube and trail) and Mauna Ulu parking lot.
Additional upcoming temporary closures include Crater Rim Trail between Kīlauea Overlook and Kilauea Military Camp, Pauahi and Puhimau Crater parking lots, Kīlauea Iki Overlook and Devastation Trail parking lots.
There will be additional road, parking lot and trail closures in the coming months not listed above. The entire project is expected to be complete in October.
Pavement preservation is needed to maintain and preserve roadways, and includes patchwork like fixing potholes, heaves and depressions. Some areas are being repaved, while others are being treated with durable sealant.
Changes in the schedule due to weather or other reasons will be updated regularly on the webpage https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/temporary-road-closures.htm.
Last updated: May 21, 2021