Construction Closures and Delays

Expect Area Closures and Delays at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park

Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has begun a two-year construction project to repair, improve or remove damaged buildings and infrastructure at the summit of Kīlauea. Park visitors and tour operators should expect delays at the entrance station, temporary area closures, and limited parking.

Delays and lack of parking will be even more severe during periods of high visitation such as during an eruption and the traditional busy months of December, January, June, July, and August.

The construction project includes:
  • Removal of the earthquake-damaged Jaggar Museum and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory buildings and temporary closure of the restrooms at Uēkahuna
  • A new roundabout west of the entrance station to improve safety and traffic flow
  • Construction of a new Hawaiian Volcano Observatory field station west of Kilauea Military Camp
  • Temporary closure and complete renovation of the Kīlauea Visitor Center and adjacent restrooms

Are you a frequent park visitor? Bookmark this page and check back before each visit for the latest closure updates.

Construction Schedule

Construction is following a "dynamic" schedule to allow for flexibility and adjustment for the constantly changing conditions at Kīlauea. As a consequence, new planned closures will be announced between two to four weeks in advance. The Dates highlighted in yellow are subject to change.

Place Details Date
Uēkahuna parking area (click for map) Partial closure of parking area.

Two bus stalls closest to Crater Rim Drive are open to vehicles exceeding 26 feet in length and/or eight feet in width.
From January 31, 2024
Crater Rim Drive West near entrance A section of the westbound lane between the entrance and visitor center and a few parking stalls in the gravel lot will temporarily close for communications line work February 29, 2024
Kīlauea Visitor Center (KVC) parking area (click for map) Temporary closure of part of the paved parking area east of KVC adjacent to Crater Rim Drive and the entire gravel overflow lot - impacting 33 spaces From March 4, 2024
Tree Molds Road closure (click for map) During construction (Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Tree Molds Road will be temporarily closed to vehicles. Pedestrians are permitted only on the paved sections of Tree Molds Road and must exercise caution, yielding to heavy equipment on the roadways. However, access to Tree Molds Road via the northern gravel road from the horse corral is closed during construction periods. From April 3, 2024
Park Entrance right lane (click for map)
The right inbound lane will be closed for construction at the entrance station. Temporary traffic control signage will be in place to ensure traffic flow in the other lane. From April 8, 2024
Restrooms at Uēkahuna The restrooms will close during the deconstruction of the former Jaggar Museum and USGS facilities. Portable restrooms will be available. From April 8, 2024

A park map of the summit region of the park showing Crater Rim Drive.
To access a version of the park map that is accessible, please visit the Maps webpage.

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Last updated: April 4, 2024

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