Park Offers Passes for Volunteers

From Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park invites everyone to volunteer and help protect the native Hawaiian rainforest on National Public Lands Day, Sat., Sept. 26. Everyone gets in for free, and volunteers at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park will receive a free pass to use on another day of their choosing. 

In honor of National Public Lands Day, the largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands in the United States, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is offering the Stewardship at the Summit program from 9 a.m. to noon. Meet volunteers Paul and Jane Field at K?lauea Visitor Center, then head into the forest to remove Himalayan ginger from the summit of K?lauea. While pretty and fragrant, Himalayan (also called k?hili) ginger is one of the most invasive plants in the park, and on earth. It is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as one of the 100 World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species. The park strives to protect the rainforest habitat of native birds and plants, but Himalayan ginger takes over the native rainforest understory, making it impossible for the next generation of forest to grow, and it crowds out many native plants, including pa‘iniu (a Hawaiian lily), ‘ama‘u fern, and others. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, sunscreen, raingear, snacks, and water. Loppers/gloves provided.  No advance registration required.

Every year on National Public Lands Day (NPLD), all fee-charging national parks offer free entry. Many parks and public lands across the nation organize stewardship projects and special programs on NPLD to raise awareness about why it is important to protect our public lands.

Park Reopens Campground, Back Country

With Tropical Depression Hilda slowly winding down and forecast wind speeds decreasing, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials ha have re-opened all previous storm-related closures within the park.

 The backcountry areas and summit of Mauna Loa, the remote coastal sites from ‘Apua Point to Ka‘aha, Hilina Pali Road and Kulanaokuaiki Campground, Mauna Loa Road, and Namakanipaio Campground and A-frame cabins are now open. Heavy rain is still expected through Saturday, however, and park visitors should drive with caution. A flash flood watch is still in effect for the entire island.

The park has, however, extended its closure of the 700-foot exit trail from Thurston Lava Tube, as workers repave the trail following the replacement of an underground power cable. The lava tube remains open, and the trail that leads into it will be used as both exit and entry. Escape Road, from Highway 11 to Thurston Lava Tube, will continue to be closed during the repaving project. The paving project  is scheduled to be completed by Fri., Aug. 21.

Hilda’s Here, and She’s a Bit Depressing

Tropical Depression Hilda (formerly Hurricane Hilda) is now passing south of the Big Island, bringing locally heavy rains.  The County of Hawaii remains under a flash flood watch. As of about 11 a.m. today, the center of the depression was about 235 miles southeast of Hilo, and maximum sustained winds were 35-55 MPH.

“The flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect for Hawaii Island, ” reported Hawaii County Civil Defense, which noted that the watch was “expected to remain through 6:00AM Saturday morning.  As Tropical Storm Hilda continues to track to the south of Hawaii Island heavy rains and thunder showers are expected and may result in flooding conditions.  Heavy rains and thunder showers are expected across the east and southeast area of Hawaii Island and to begin this afternoon and through tonight.  Residents in flood prone areas are advised to take necessary precautions and motorists are advised to drive carefully and prepare for possible hazardous conditions and traffic delays.   Currently all roads and schools are open.  Some schools may be modifying or suspending after school activities based on anticipated weather conditions and possible road closures.  Parents are advised to contact your respective schools for current information on after school programs.   Additional updates may be broadcast and posted as conditions change.  Please monitor your local radio broadcast for updates.”

The Central Pacific Hurricane Center has posted a “Tropical Preparedness Tip” that includes the following note: “Tropical cyclones including hurricanes, tropical storms, and tropical depressions. Even the weakest tropical depressions can bring torrential rains and flash flooding to the Hawaiian Islands.”

According to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park’s Web site, “all backcountry areas in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will be closed as of 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12 until it is safe to reopen them. No backcountry permits will be issued until park staff reassess the storm’s impact.  In addition, Mauna Loa Road from K?pukapuaulu to the Mauna Loa Lookout, and Namakanipaio Campgrounds and A-frame cabins, will close as of 5 p.m. Wednesday. Much of the park will remain open, including Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Visitor Center, restrooms, lava tube, front-country trails, steam vents, and other popular features. Visitors should be prepared for heavy rain and wind.”

Jason Armstrong of Hawaii County’s Parks and Recreation Division told the Chronicle that all County Parks and Rec facilities remained open.



HVNP Unveils August After “Dark in the Park” Offerings

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has released its August schedule for its After Dark in the Park series. On tap for the month are a hula performance, an introduction to the ukulele, and a tour of Kilauea’s night skies from the viewpoint of artist/professional guide Kent Olsen.  All programs are free, but park entrance fees apply and a $2 donation is welcomed to help support park programs.

H?lau O Mailelaulani is a Hilo based h?lau under the direction of kumu hula Mailelaulani Canario. Kumu Mailelaulani established her h?lau in the mid 1970’s to perpetuate the ancient (kahiko) as well as modern style of hula. Today, her ‘auana or modern style hula performers take part in the annual Merrie Monarch festivities and are regular entertainers for the cruise ships through Destination Hilo. The h?lau placed third in the 32nd annual Kupuna Hula Festival, Wahine Group Competition held in Kona in 2014. Part of Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ N? Leo Manu, “Heavenly Voices” performances. Free.
When: Wed., August 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: K?lauea Visitor Center auditorium

‘Ukulele Lessons. Learn about the history of this world-famous instrument that plays a significant role in contemporary Hawaiian music. Join rangers from Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park as they share their knowledge and love of the Hawaiian culture. Learn how to play a simple tune on the ‘Ukulele and leave with a new skill and treasured ‘ike (wisdom) to share with your hoa (friends) and ‘ohana (family). Free.
When: Wed., August 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: K?lauea Visitor Center l?nai

K?lauea’s Night Skies: An Artist’s Perspective.  Hawai‘i Island artist and interpretive guide, Kent Olsen draws on insights and perspectives developed through years of work in the medical imaging design field; as an interpretive guide at Mauna Kea Observatories and as a certified commercial guide at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to “present the night skies over K?lauea Volcano in a way that is sure to provide a new perspective and may just change the way you see everything. Utilizing the current lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater as a point of reference, you will journey from the depths of the quantum realm to the edge of the cosmos.”
When: Tues., August 11 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: K?lauea Visitor Center Auditorium

Where is the Lava Going Now?

Hawaii Volcano Observatory reports that receding lava is now, “barely visible” from the Jaggar Observatory overlook.  The question now: where is the lava going?  As a precaution, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is issuing no overnight camping or back country permits for areas makai of the summit until the scientists have a better idea of what’s happening.

“There was continued deflation at the summit of K?lauea Volcano during the past day, and the rate of deflationary tilt increased yesterday afternoon,” the observatory reported on its Web site.   “The summit lava lake has receded even more so that the lava surface was barely visible from Jaggar Museum this morning. Seismicity beneath the summit and upper East and Southwest Rift Zones remained elevated, with the highest number of earthquakes in the upper Southwest Rift Zone. At the East Rift Zone eruption site, surface flows remained active within about 8 km (5 mi) of the Pu’u ‘O’o vent.”

Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane said  that lava was still “definitely visible” from the Jaggar overlook, but had dropped 42 feet overnight, to a point about 50 feet below the crater rim. Lava, she said, is normally visible until it falls 70 feet below the edge of the crater.

The back country closures she said, were “strictly precautionary.”  She noted that the park’s vulcanologists were concerned not just about the rapid draining of the lava lake, but also about swarms of small earthquakes which had been happening on the volcano recently.

“The last time something like that happened was in 2011 when the Kamoamoa eruption happened,” she noted.  “It’s problematic for somebody to be out there camping and we’d have to close Chain of Craters Road in the middle of the night and evacauate everyone.”

No one is certain, yet, where the lava that’s leaving the summit crater will go this time.  Park officials will re-evaluate the closures when they know more.  Meanwhile, visitors are free to visit the lower park and its trails during the daytime, but overnight stays are not a forbidden.


Resident Tased for Drone Use at National Park

A visitor at the Jaggar Museum overlook was Tased and arrested by by a park ranger after allegedly using a drone illegally within park boundaries.  At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 25,  a park ranger  observed Travis RaySan ders, a 35-year-old Pahoa resident, operating a small quad-copter drone at the overlook next to Jaggar Museum. According to National Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane, the ranger “contacted” the individual, who refused to identify himself and attempted to flee the scene. The Officer then used his Taser to subdue the suspect and took him into custody.  He was arrested for failure to comply with a lawful order and for interfering with agency functions, and taken for the night to the county detention center.  He was released on signature bond on Sunday morning. The the drone was returned to suspect’s family.

According to Ferracane,  the National Park System released rules last June making it illegal to operate an unmanned flying vehicle in any national park. The penalty for violating that rule is up to  six months in jail and a $5,000 fine


National Park Copes with Visitor Overload as Lava Rises in Halemaumau

From the National Park Service:

Thousands of additional visitors are flocking to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park to witness the large lava lake steadily rise at the summit of K?lauea volcano.

Over the last several days, visitors waited up to 30 minutes or longer to park. To ease traffic once the Jaggar Museum and K?lauea Overlook parking lots fill up, rangers are currently redirecting vehicles during peak visitation hours to park at the K?lauea Military Camp ball field. From there, visitors can hike one mile to the Jaggar Museum observation deck, the closest and best vantage point to view the spectacular lava lake.

“Visitors should come prepared to ensure a safe and enjoyable park experience,” said Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We encourage people to avoid peak hours, and arrive after 10 p.m. and before 4 a.m. if possible, or they will likely wait in line for parking. The park remains open 24 hours a day,” she said.

Tips for an optimal viewing experience:

• Be prepared to hike one mile each way between K?lauea Military Camp ball field and the Jaggar Museum observation deck on Crater Rim Trail. Wear sturdy closed-toe shoes, bring rain gear, water, binoculars, a flashlight, and extra batteries.
• Carpool if possible to reduce the number of vehicles in the parking areas.
• As a courtesy to other visitors, no “tailgating” in the Jaggar Museum or K?lauea Overlook parking lots. Choose another picnic location so others have a chance to view the eruption.
• To observe viewing and weather conditions, monitor the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory webcams. The KI camera provides a panoramic view of Halema‘uma‘u Crater from HVO.
• High levels of dangerous sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas and volcanic ash can be blown over Jaggar Museum by southerly winds. These gases are a danger to everyone, particularly to people with heart or respiratory problems, young children and pregnant women. K?lauea Visitor Center offers updates on air quality 24 hours a day, and visitors can monitor the Hawaii SO2 network website.

In addition, the public is reminded that park entrance fees apply and that the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) is prohibited in all national parks.

The Jaggar Museum has a limited number of parking stalls for handicapped persons. If those stalls are full, then those driving with  handicapped or elderly passengers or with small children can either drop them off in the Jagger parking lot or ask for assistance with one of the rangers on duty.

Amateur Scientists: Come Join the BioBlitz!

Public registration is now open for the “BioBlitz” a nassive two-day species count and combined with a  “BiodiversityNative rainforest along Crater Rim Trail and  Cultural Festival”  in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, 2015.
“Themed I ka n?n? no a ‘ike (“By observing, one learns”), the Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park BioBlitz is part scientific endeavor, part outdoor classroom excursion and part celebration of biodiversity and culture,” according to the Park Service’s announcement of the Blitz. “It will bring together more than 150 leading scientists and traditional Hawaiian cultural practitioners, more than 750 students and thousands from the general public. Together, they will be dispatched across the park’s 333,086 acres to explore and document the biodiversity that thrives in recent lava flows and native rain forests of K?lauea volcano.

“BioBlitz provides an unparalleled opportunity to work alongside leading scientists and cultural practitioners to discover, count and add to the park’s species list; to explore the interconnectedness of plants, animals, Hawaiian people and our daily lives; and to protect this amazing biodiversity and rich culture in our park,” said HVNP  Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

To be part of a scientist-led inventory team, participants must register online at Participation on inventory teams is limited and spots will be filled on a first-come basis. Children ages 8 and older, accompanied by adults, may participate in the free inventory opportunities.

The park is moving its 35th annual Cultural Festival from July to May this year and expanding it to include biodiversity in order to coordinate it with the Blitz. the festival  will “offer hands-on science and cultural exhibits, food, art and entertainment, plus the opportunity to meet individuals and organizations at the forefront of conservation, science and traditional Hawaiian cultur…everybody can enjoy hands-on fun at the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival. BioBlitz base camp and the Biodiversity & Cultural Festival will be located at the Kahua Hula overlooking Halema‘uma‘u Crater near the K?lauea Visitors Center in the park.  No registration is required, to participate in the Festival, which  is free and open to the public;  Park entrance  entrance fees are waived for both days.

The BioBlitz  is the ninth of ten similar that are taking place at various national parks around the country–all sponsored jointly by the Park Service and National Geographic Society.

To learn more about BioBlitz and the festival, visit or call (800) 638-6400, ext. 6186. For more information about the parks, visit oin .



Don’t Blame the Tour Companies For These Flights

Not every chopper in the skies over Hawaii Volcanoes National Park carries sightseers.  The Park itself uses helicopters for various purposes. Aside from flights to track the lava’s latest movement, rescue hikers in distress and deter the occasional pakalolo grower, most Park Service helicopter flights are to transport heavy cargo to remote locations where ground transport can’t reach or could damage the fragile environment.  The Park recently announced the following upcoming flights:

 ?April 8, 10, 20, and 24, between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m, “to transport fencing material from near the top of Mauna Loa Road to approximately the 9,000 ft. elevation. “
April 14 and 23, between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 3,000 and 7,000 ft. elevation.” “Ungulates” are hooved animals such as pigs, goats and mouflon sheep, which are all non-native invasive species that can heavily damage native plants, which involved without the defensive mechanisms against such animals.
April 27, and May 7, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m: ” flying camp supplies and equipment from ‘?inahou to ‘?pua Point, Keauhou, and Halap? campsites for guinea grass control and monitoring during the hawksbill turtle nesting season.” Apua Point,  Keauhou and Halape are remote coastal locations in the park. Keahou, in this case, refers to a remote point of land on the park’s Ka’u Coas, no the better-known  resort community on the Kona side.
“The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors.  Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather,” noted Park spokesperson Jessica Ferracane, announcing the flights.

–Alan McNarie

HVNP Summit Stewardship Programs Need Volunteers

From Jessica Ferracane at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Help protect the native Hawaiian rainforest at the summit of K?lauea by volunteering for “Stewardship at the Summit” programs in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, now through June 2015.

Stewardship at the Summit begins at 9 a.m. and ends at noon. The dates from April through June are: April 2, 11, 17, and 24; May 1, 8, 20 and 30; and June 5, 13, and 19.

Volunteers help remove invasive, non-native plant species that prevent native species from growing. Meet project leaders Paul and Jane Field at K?lauea Visitor Center at 9 a.m. on any of the above dates. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and long pants. Bring a hat, rain gear, day pack, snacks and water. Gloves and tools are provided. No advance registration is required, and there is no cost to participate, but park entrance fees apply.

Volunteers have dedicated 4,271 hours of their time, and have restored more than 25 acres of native rainforest within the national park, since 2012. Countless Himalayan ginger, faya, strawberry guava, and other invasive, non-native plants that threaten the native understory near the summit of K?lauea volcano have been removed. In their place, once-shaded ‘ama‘u and h?pu‘u tree ferns have re-emerged, and pa‘iniu, k?wa‘u, and other important native plants are returning to the stewardship plots.

Kitchen Fire Injures Volcano House Employee

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – An Volcano House employee suffered burns to his upper arms after a kitchen fire at Volcano House in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park Tuesday morning.

Park rangers, Hawaii County medics and firefighters responded to reports of the fire at around 10:30 a.m. The employee, Tony Pothul, was transported to Hilo Medical Center by ambulance, and later evacuated by air to O`ahu, where he was listed in stable condition.

Both The Rim restaurant and Uncle George’s Lounge in Volcano House will be temporarily closed as National Park Service investigators determine the cause of the small blaze, according to Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, LLC general manager David Macilwraith. The hotel management plans to reopen both restaurants Thursday. The Volcano House hotel remains open.


Lava News: “End of the Road” Closes to Begin Road.

From the National Park Service:

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Work begins Friday, October 24 on an emergency access route between Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Kalapana along the historic Chain of Craters Road-Kalapana alignment, from the park side.

The half-mile section of paved road that pedestrians use to access the lava that covered it in 2003 will be closed as of Friday. The popular “Road Closed” sign enrobed in lava will be removed to become part of park history. Other closures include the historic flows and coastal area alongside the construction.

H?lei Sea Arch, the turnaround, bathrooms, and concession stand near the turnaround will remain open.

Motorists can expect traffic delays early Thursday and Friday mornings as large bulldozers and heavy equipment are transported from the summit of K?lauea down the 19-mile stretch of Chain of Craters Road to the turnaround.

“We intend to reopen the closed area as soon as it is safe to do so and the bulldozers move closer to Kalapana,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “But now is the time to take those last photos of the iconic ‘Road Closed’ sign before it is removed on Friday,” she said.

Last week, bulldozers from the Kalapana side graded the 2.2-mile portion of Highway 130 covered in lava to where it meets the park boundary and becomes Chain of Craters Road. This week, crews start to grade the 5.4 miles through the park to the Kalapana boundary. The work is being done by the County of Hawai‘i, and overseen by the National Park Service and Federal Highways Administration.

Opened in 1965, Chain of Craters Road has been covered and blocked by lava for 37 years of its 49-year existence.

The emergency route is being built to assist residents of lower Puna, whose access to the rest of the island would be cut off if lava from K?lauea Volcano’s June 27 flow reaches the ocean.

National Park Reopens Trails, Campground

From Jessica Ferracane at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park:

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – The popular forested trail at Kipukapuaulu (known locally as “Bird Park”), N?makanipaio campground, and Mauna Loa summit and backcountry within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park are now open.

Mauna Loa Road is open to hikers and pedestrians, but is currently closed to vehicles.  Visitors who want to access Mauna Loa trail, the summit, and Pu‘u‘ula‘ula (Red Hill) or Mauna Loa cabins, must obtain a backcountry permit at the Visitor Emergency Operations Center. A gate code for Mauna Loa Road will be provided with the permit. Call for information.

“We’re delighted to report that most of the places visitors typically visit within the national park are now open,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “Our park crews mobilized quickly, safely, and efficiently to reopen as much of the park as possible following Hurricane Iselle,” she said.

All coastal trails and coastal backcountry campsites are open within Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. Napau and Kalanaokuaiki campsites and Pepeiao Cabin are also open. Power has been restored, and most phones are working throughout the park. K?lauea Visitor Center and Jaggar Museum have returned to normal operating hours.

Hurricane Iselle, which was downgraded to a tropical storm, snapped trail signs off posts in some areas, and damaged park resources, including a historic home at ‘?inahou, and a greenhouse used to propagate endangered plants. Potential damage to fencing in remote areas and the coastal nesting sites of the endangered hawksbill turtle are still being assessed.

HVNP Partially Reopens

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i– Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is open today, Saturday, August 9, 2014, with some closures in effect as park officials assess damage and remove fallen trees and other debris from roadways and trails following Tropical Storm Iselle.

The following closures are in effect:

–          The Kahuku Unit will remain closed through the weekend and today’s Palm Trail hike is canceled.

–          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 its A-frame cabins

Power has been restored, and phones are working. K?lauea Visitor Center and the Jaggar Museum will open and be staffed from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.

“Visitors should prepare for limited services and some front-country trail closures as we mobilize back into operation and continue to assess damage,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando.

Volcano House and K?lauea Military Camp are open.

According to the National Weather Service, a second storm, Hurricane Julio, is forecast to pass to the north of the Hawaiian Islands on Sunday. A high surf advisory remains in effect for the east-facing shores of the Hawaiian Islands.

–Jessica Ferracane, NPS Public Affairs Specialist

All of HVNP Closed Today; May Reopen Tomorrow

On August 6, we published a bulletin from the National Park Service, saying that campgrounds and some roads would be closed today because of Hurricane Iselle.  Today the Park Service sent the following correction:

Hawaii National Park, Hawai‘i – Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is closed today, Friday, August 8, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Iselle, park officials said. Every attempt will be made to reopen the park and its visitor centers on Saturday, August 9, 2014. “The highways and roads are still unsafe, with downed trees, power lines and flash flooding. At the park, the power is out and the phones are down. It is far safer for our employees and our visitors to stay off the roads,” said Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando. “We are currently assessing any damage, and hope to have the park open by Saturday,” she said. Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp will remain open to registered guests. The other national parks on Hawai‘i Island are also closed Friday, including Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park, Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Pu‘ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, and the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. The National Weather Service downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm. A tropical storm warning and a flash flood warning remain in effect for all Hawaiian Islands.

Campgrounds, some roads close in National Park as Iselle Approaches

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,, 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

For Civil Defense updates for the County of Hawai‘i, and the location of local shelters, go to