Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open; Kilauea Visitor Center closed because of COVID-19

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains open, but is modifying operations to promote social distancing because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, National Park Service said in a statement today.

Temporary closures until further notice include:


• All events and guided programs, including hikes, walks and talks, are canceled.

• Kilauea Visitor Center and the outdoor lanai are closed, but restrooms are open.

• The Hawaii Pacific Parks Association store is closed; online shopping is open.

• Mauna Loa Summit Cabin and Red Hill Cabin are closed.

• Volcano House hotel, restaurants and the Namakanipaio Campground are closed.

• Kilauea Military Camp is open with reduced services for authorized patrons. Check website for details.

• Volcano Art Center Gallery is closed.

What’s open:

• All previously open trails and overlooks are open for healthy outdoor recreational opportunities.

• The Kahuku Unit is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Most of the backcountry is open for hiking and camping. Backcountry permits are being processed by phone, 808-985-6178. Retrieve the permit in person through a slot in the backcountry office door.

• Commercial tours are limited to 10 people or less and guides must enforce social distancing procedures. All entrance fees, including commercial tour fees, are temporarily suspended until further notice.


Two NPS parks in Kona, Puuhonua O Honaunau and Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park, both announced today they are closed until further notice because of COVID-19.

Visit the park website for the latest information, www.nps.gov/hawaiivolcanoes.

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