June 13, 2012 - Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park has reopened the section of Crater Rim Drive near the Devastation Trail parking lot to Keanakākoʻi Crater, and a portion of Crater Rim Trail that leads from Chain of Craters Road to the south side of Keanakākoʻi, to hikers.
Approximately 0.8 miles of Crater Rim Drive is now open to hikers, and visitors can enjoy an easy and accessible roundtrip walk through koa and ʻōhiʻa forest on pavement all the way to the Keanakākoʻi Crater overlook. Across the road, another overlook provides panoramic views of Halemaʻumaʻu Crater and Mauna Loa.
The park has also reopened about 0.7 miles of Crater Rim Trail from Chain of Craters Road just north of Lua Manu Crater. This section of trail winds through native forest, along the flows of 1974, and culminates at the south side of Keanakākoʻi Crater. Both routes offer an abundance of diverse and breathtaking views.