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.