Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues to increase community access in phases. Entrance fees have resumed as of Monday, June 15, 2020, and the following areas are open for outdoor enjoyment and exercise:
- Crater Rim Drive to Kilauea Military Camp, and to Devastation Trail parking lot
- Kīlauea summit area trails, including Byron Ledge Trail between Devastation Trail, Halema‘uma‘u Trail, and Sulphur Banks
- Pu‘u Pua‘i overlook and parking lot
- Old Crater Rim Drive to Keanakāko‘i area (no vehicles)
- Kīlauea Iki Overlook and trail (one-way counter-clockwise loop only)
- Chain of Craters Road to Kealakomo Overlook
- Pu‘uhuluhulu and trails near Mauna Ulu, including Nāpau and Nāulu trails (no overnight camping)
- Ka‘ū Desert and Mauna Iki trails (no overnight camping)
- Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu for vehicles, bicyclists and hikers, including Tree Molds and Kīpukapuaulu Trail. (The pavilion, picnic area and restroom remain closed).
- Mauna Loa Road past Kīpukapuaulu is open for hikers and bicyclists to Mauna Loa Overlook at 6,662 feet, but is closed to vehicles for wildfire prevention.
- Escape Road, for bicycling, horseback riding and hiking.
- The Kahuku Unit, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (no entrance fee)
- Businesses in the park that meet local and federal public health requirements will also reopen with limited services, including Volcano House, Kilauea Military Camp, Volcano Art Center Gallery and the park’s non-profit partner, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Contact the businesses directly for details.
All other areas in the park remain closed at this time for public safety, including Nāhuku and Kīlauea Visitor Center.
“Services are limited, and visitors should bring everything they might need for a safe visit including water, meals, and hand sanitizer. Above all, visitors should pack their patience, avoid crowds, and have alternate destinations planned should parking lots be full,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh.
Visitors are urged to recreate responsibly by planning their visit in advance and acting with care while in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park:
- Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others.
- Wear a face covering when social distancing cannot be maintained.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use your hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If you feel sick, please visit another day.
- Let wildlife be wild. Do not feed nēnē, the Hawaiian goose, and look out for them on roadways and in parking lots.
The health and safety of park users, employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. While these areas are accessible for the public to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services are limited. Park users should follow local area health orders from the Governor of Hawai‘i, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and other high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus.