Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Reopens

With the Kīlauea eruption subsiding, Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park reopens. Here’s some important details:

Current Status Kīlauea volcano is currently not erupting. Several areas in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park have now reopened, including Hilina Pali Road, Kulanaokuaiki Campground, the Footprints Exhibit, and Pepeiao Cabin.

Recently Reopened Areas Earlier this week, the coastal campsite at Kaʻaha, Devastation Trail, and Keanakākoʻi also reopened. These areas had been closed since the June 3 fissure eruption near the volcano’s remote upper Southwest Rift Zone.

Areas Remaining Closed Maunaiki Trail and Kaʻū Desert Trail past the Footprints Exhibit remain closed due to elevated volcanic gases and other hazards at the eruption site. Be sure to check the park website for the latest updates before planning your visit.

Hazards and Safety Information Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS HVO) have reported elevated volcanic gas emissions, ground subsidence, and severe earth cracks formed during the short-lived eruption. These cracks have unstable edges and may continue to widen.

Other hazards include hot, glass-like surfaces on new lava flows, uneven and rough terrain, and hot temperatures. Always plan ahead and ensure you have the latest information before entering the park.

Eruption Details The fissure eruption began on Monday, June 3, at approximately 12:30 a.m. in a remote area of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, about 2.5 miles (4 km) southwest of Kīlauea caldera near the volcano’s upper Southwest Rift Zone.

Stay informed and prepared for your visit to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park by checking the park’s website regularly for updates and safety information.

Disclaimer: This above news story is based on a press release from the National Park Service, which was issued on June 7, 2024. You can read the original release here.

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