The latest bulletin from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:
Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – To keep visitors and employees safe as Hurricane Iselle approaches the Hawaiian Islands, park officials will close all backcountry areas and certain roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, effective 6 p.m. this evening. K?lauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum will close at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Thurs., Aug. 7, 2014.
Park closures are as follows:
– Chain of Craters Road, from Devastation Trail parking lot to the coast
– All backcountry areas, including Mauna Loa and cabins
– Mauna Loa Road (known locally as “Mauna Loa Strip Road”)
– All coastal areas and trails, including, ‘?pua Point, Keauhou, Halap?, and Ka‘aha
– Kulanaokuaiki campsite
– N?pau campsite
– N?makanipaio campgrounds and the A-frame cabins
– Kilauea Visitor Center closes at 1 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 7
– Jaggar Museum closes at 1 p.m. on Thurs., Aug. 7
Closures will remain in effect until Hurricane Iselle has passed and conditions are safe. Additional closures may be warranted as the storm gets closer, and any damage is assessed. Volcano House and K?lauea Military Camp will remain open for registered guests.
“Although we aren’t closing Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park in its entirety, we strongly encourage visitors to consider changing their plans if they were planning to visit Thursday or Friday,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We will offer our regularly scheduled programs and guided hikes from the K?lauea Visitor Center until 11 a.m. on Thursday,” she said.
Visitors can check the park website, www.nps.gov/havo, for the latest information on openings, or call 808-985-6000.
The National Weather Service issued a Hurricane Warning for Hawai‘i Island Wednesday morning, and a flash flood watch for all islands. Forecasters predict extremely heavy rains, flash floods, high surf, and strong, damaging winds. For updates on Hurricane Iselle, go to http://www.prh.noaa.gov/hnl/cphc/.