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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