(BIVN) – Enthusiastic visitors poured into Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park on Saturday for the highly anticipated reopening on the park on National Public Lands Day.
Entrance into the park was free, however entrance fees will go into effect Sunday. Parts of the park remain closed until further damage assessments and repairs can be made, officials say.
“Although an official count wasn’t immediately available, an estimated several thousand people enjoyed the park under blue skies and cool tradewinds today,” the National Park Service reported in a media release. “For more information and a map of what is open in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and to learn about the new hazards including sink holes and earth cracks created by tens of thousands of earthquakes that preceded the opening, visit the park website.”