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Hawaii Volcanoes, Haleakala parks reopen

  • COURTESY OF LANAYA DEILY / 2011

    Kilauea caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii island reopened as of 8 a.m. today.

Most of the park was closed Monday, including the main park entrance, Crater Rim Drive, Chain of Craters Road and the entire summit area of Kilauea while Congress worked to end a federal government shutdown.

“Everything’s back to normal,” said Volcanoes National Park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane.

Scheduled events, including ranger-guided hikes and an “After Dark in the Park” speaker presentation, will proceed this evening, featuring a lecture by geologist Don Swanson. Guests at Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp were asked to depart the park Monday morning, but are now welcome to return. The Volcano Art Center Gallery also reopened.

President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday after Congress approved a measure to keep it open until Feb. 8.

With the end of the government shutdown, Haleakala National Park on Maui also reopened in time for sunrise viewing today, but reservations were still required to enter the park between 3 and 7 a.m. Sunrise reservations must be made in advance at recreation.gov.

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