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Lava viewing area, parks, ports closing in advance of storm

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    The Chain of Craters Road and access to the lava viewing area, seen in this Aug. 12 photo, will close by 9 a.m. Wednesday as hurricanes Madeline and Lester approach Hawaii island.

The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hawaii island ports are closing Wednesday as Hurricane Madeline continues on a path to Hawaii island.

The Coast Guard will close Hilo and Kawaiahae ports at 8 p.m. and Young Brothers cancelled its voyages from Honolulu to Hilo and Molokai today.

No cargo will be accepted at those ports until further notice, Young Brothers said in an announcement.

Young Brothers will not resume sailing to Hilo and Kaunakakai until both hurricanes have passed the island chain.

Instead of sailing to Kaumalapau, Lanai, today, the company sent its vessel over early, leaving Monday and arriving today.

Sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park will close starting at 5 p.m.

The closures on Wednesday include the coastal lava viewing area, Chain of Craters Road, and the Jaggar Museum, Kilauea Visitors Center and the entrance station to the park. The lava viewing area will close by 9 a.m. Wednesday.

The timing of the closures of the museum, visitors center and entrance station are yet to be determined.

The Kulanaokuaiki Campground and Hilina Pali Road, all backcountry sites and Mauna Loa Road from Kipukapuaulu to the overlook will close at 5 p.m. today.

Guests at the Kilauea Military Camp and Volcano House may shelter in place. If necessary, staff will direct guests to a shelter.

In addition, the Kahuku unit will remain closed over the weekend, but may reopen if Hurricane Lester is not a threat.

Hawaiian Airlines announced it will allow a one-time reservation change without a fee on Big Island flights Wednesday and Thursday.

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