(BIVN) – Following a recent announcement by Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park that it will begin using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms and remove trash, Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park says it will do the same.
As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announced on Sunday that areas of the park will continue to be accessible to visitors, and that some visitor services, “including cleaning restrooms, trash collection and entrance stations,” will now be completed by using revenue generated by recreation fees.
The park stated:
National Park Service officials have determined that by using Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms, remove trash, and complete health and safety operations, the park will be able to continue providing accessibility to the park for visitors while ensuring health and safety.
Some outdoor areas of the park will remain accessible but some facilities and areas will remain closed. Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association continue to provide donations to keep the Kīlauea Visitor Center open. Entrance stations will be open to provide safety and information protection messages to arriving visitors, but entrance fees and camping fees will not be collected.
“We greatly appreciate the generous contributions of park partners, especially Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Hawai‘i Volcanoes Lodge Company, Volcano Art Center, and Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association who have provided tens of thousands of dollars in financial and in-kind donations during the lapse in appropriations,” said park superintendent Cindy Orlando in the media release. “Their efforts have contributed significantly to our ability to provide access and basic services to Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park.”
The National Park Service provided this updated list of areas that are open to visitors:
- Kīlauea Visitor Center (KVC), exhibits, picnic tables, and restrooms
- The Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association store in KVC
- Crater Rim Drive from the park entrance to Kilauea Military Camp
- Crater Rim Drive from the park entrance to the intersection at Devastation Trail Parking Lot
- Crater Rim Drive to viewpoints of Halema‘uma‘u near Keanakāko‘i (pedestrians/bicyclists only)
- Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp
- Kilauea Military Camp
- Volcano Art Center Gallery
- Steam Vents and Sulphur Banks
- Mauna Loa Road to Kīpukapuaulu (vehicles not permitted past the gate at Kīpukapuaulu)
- Mauna Loa Road to Mauna Loa Lookout – pedestrians and bicyclists only
- Kīpukapuaulu day use picnic area
- Kīpukapuaulu and trail
- Ka‘ū Desert Trail to the new Footprints exhibit
- Escape Road from Highway 11 to Crater Rim Drive (no vehicles)
- Namakanipaio Campground
The rest of the park will be closed, including Chain of Craters Road, Kulanaokuaiki Campground, all backcountry areas, and Kahuku, officials say.
While basic visitor services continue, other services may be limited or unavailable during the lapse in appropriations, including special events, ranger talks and programs.