Closure of main part of national park has given rangers more time to improve former ranchlands

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo

    Hikers walk out of an excavated cinder cone during a guided hike called People and Land of Kahuku in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Ka‘u.

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald file photo

    Jess Reynolds takes a photo of a yellow lehua blossom during a guided hike called People and Land of Kahuku in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Ka‘u.

  • JANICE WEI/National Park Service A couple enjoy the view from Pu‘u o Lokuana cindercone in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
  • NATIONAL PARK SERVICE photo A family at the base of Pu‘u o Lokuana in the Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The closure of the main unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park because of the Kilauea eruption has directed more visitors to the previously less-visited Kahuku Unit, and with them a host of improvements.