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Volcano park closed for record stretch due to Kilauea eruption

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been closed for 18 days because of the Kilauea eruption, making this the longest stretch the park has not been open to the public, a park official said today.

The previous record was in October 2013 during a federal government shutdown, according to Jessica Ferracane, a park spokeswoman.

“This is an entirely different shutdown,” she told reporters.

Only the Kahuku Unit, a part of the park that is a one-hour drive south of the main entrance, remains open during normal hours, Ferracane said. The Kahuku hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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