Schatz visits HVNP, discusses funding

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald In a restricted area that cannot be accessed by the public, Sen. Brian Schatz looks at a crack in the long-closed portion of Crater Rim Drive during a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Thursday, May 30, 2024. This portion of the road is closed indefinitely due to safety hazards and cannot be accessed by the public under any circumstances.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, left, talks about past lava flows with Hawaiian Volcano Observatory Deputy Scientist-in-Charge David Phillips during a visit Thursday to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, left, listens Thursday as Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Rhonda Loh talks about how funding is utilized to address issues in the park. They are standing at the Uekahuna overlook. (Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald)

Long-deferred maintenance projects are finally underway at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an infusion of millions of dollars in federal funds.