After a difficult couple of weeks for everyone, the US Government shutdown finally ended and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park reopened to visitors this morning, Oct. 17, 2013.
The following areas in the park are open:
Roads: Chain of Craters Road and all scenic overlooks are now open. Crater Rim Drive is open, except for the section closed since 2008 due to volcanic fumes.
Features: Thurston Lava Tube, Steam Vents, and the Jaggar Museum observation deck overlooking erupting Halema‘uma‘u Crater are now open.
Visitor Centers and Programs: Kīlauea Visitor Center opened at 8:45 a.m. today, the Jaggar Museum opened at 8:30 a.m., and ranger-led programs will resume as quickly as possible.
Trails: All trails are open for day use.
Campgrounds: All park campgrounds, including Nāmakanipaio, Kulanaokuaiki, and backcountry campgrounds, are open.
Volcano House and Nāmakanipaio A-frame cabins re-opened this morning.
For more information about Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, visit www.nps.gov/havo, or call 808-985-6000.