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:

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• 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.

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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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