HVNP air tours limited: New management plan puts substantial restrictions on overflights

A map of HVNP delineating the three permitted air tour routes.

In this Tribune-Herald file photo, tourists look at the Kilauea caldera from the Crater Rim Trail near the steam vents in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. A new Air Tour Management Plan substantially restricts the number of helicopter tours over the park in an effort to reduce noise and protect the natural environment.

Air tours above Hawaii Volcanoes Natural Park will be cut by nearly 90% under a long-awaited new Air Tour Management Plan.