Entrance fees to be waived at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Kilauea Overlook, closed since 2018 eruption, to open

  • Entrance fees will be waived Tuesday at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and all fee-charging national parks in the U.S. in celebration of the 104th anniversary of Founder’s Day. (NPS/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Entrance fees will be waived Tuesday at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and all fee-charging national parks in the U.S. in celebration of the 104th anniversary of Founder’s Day.

Visitors to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will have another reason to celebrate: Kilauea Overlook will be open for the first time in more than two years. The 2018 Kilauea eruption and summit collapse created unsafe conditions at the overlook. Numerous earth cracks and gaping sink holes on Crater Rim Trail leading to Kilauea Overlook have been repaired, and post-and-cable barriers near the crater’s edge were upgraded. Visitors are urged to stay safe by staying on the trail and obeying all posted signs.

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In addition, extensive repairs to Crater Rim Drive near Kilauea Military Camp and to the road leading to Kilauea Overlook are complete, and the parking lot has been resurfaced and striped.

“We are pleased to welcome our community back to Kilauea Overlook in time for the 104th birthday of the National Park Service,” said HVNP Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh. “Kilauea Overlook is a vista near the edge of Kilauea caldera that offers opportunities to observe much of the caldera and reflect on the dramatic impacts from the eruptive events of 2018.”

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Hawaii Pacific Parks Association, a non-profit partner that supports the park, will offer educational items, collectibles and more for sale on the lanai of Kilauea Visitor Center to honor the NPS birthday.

Most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is now open. For more information, visit https://www.nps.gov/havo/index.htm.

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