HVNP’s Thurston Lava Tube reopens

  • Rangers examine delicate ohia tree roots in the Thurston Lava Tube. (NPS Photo/J. Wei)

  • Michael Brestovansky/Tribune-Herald Left to right: Jim Huck, acting road and trails supervisor; Jon Christensen, chief of facilities management; and buildings and utilities workers Dane Van Orman and Brian Agurkis.

  • Jon Christensen, standing alongside new pylons warning visitors of a low ceiling.

  • Michael Brestovansky/Tribune-Herald HVNP chief of interpretation Ben Hayes observes ohia roots in the Thurston Lava Tube.

After more than a year of closure, the Thurston Lava Tube in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is once again open for visitors today.