National parks in Hawaii to remain partially open during shutdown
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National parks in Hawaii to remain partially open during shutdown

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Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii island and Haleakala National Park on Maui will remain partially open during the federal government shutdown, although emergency medical services will be limited, and most visitor centers will be closed.

At the Volcanoes Park, Chain of Craters Road, Escape Road and all campgrounds, backcountry areas and Kahuku will be closed.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park said that personnel will not be monitoring or updating social media during the shutdown, and the website will not be updated to reflect current conditions. Likewise, Haleakala’s website and social media will not be updated, and volunteer projects have been canceled.

No National Park Service provided services, including restrooms, trash collection or road maintenance, will be available.

Haleakala National Park will remain as accessible as possible during the federal government shutdown, but visitor centers and the Pools of Oheo in the Kipahulu district will be closed. Backcountry camping or cabin permits will not be issued.

Entrance fees will not be charged at both parks. However, annual passes and senior park passes will not be available for purchase.

Open at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park:

>> Kilauea Visitor Center, picnic tables and restrooms. Exhibits will be open; auditorium will be closed and films will not be shown. The Hawaii Pacific Parks Association store will be open.

>> Crater Rim Drive from the park entrance to Kilauea Military Camp

>> Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and Kilauea Military Camp

>> Volcano House lodging, gift stores and restaurants

>> Kilauea Military Camp & Theatre

>> Volcano Art Center Gallery

>> Steam vents and sulfur banks

>> Mauna Loa Road to Kipukapuaulu (vehicles not permitted past the gate at Kipukapuaulu); Mauna Loa Road to Mauna Loa Lookout – pedestrians and bicyclists only.

>> Kipukapuaulu day-use picnic area (no trash or custodial services or – pack it in, pack it out only); Kipukapuaulu and trail

>> Kau Desert Trail to the Footprints shelter and exhibit

Closed at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

>> Chain of Craters Road, Escape Road and all campgrounds, backcountry areas and Kahuku will be closed.

Open at Haleakala National Park

>> Hosmer Grove Campground and Kipahulu Campground.

>> Summit District roads and trails (limited emergency response).

>> Kipahulu District roads and trails open (limited emergency response).

Closed at Haleakala National Park

>> Headquarters Visitor Center, at 7000 feet of elevation; Haleakala Visitor Center, at 9741 feet of elevation.

>> Backcountry cabins. Cabin users with existing reservations should make alternative plans. Cabin refunds may be requested via www.recreation.gov after federal operations resume.

>> Kipahulu Visitor Center, in the park’s Kipahulu District.

>> Pools of Oheo, Kipahulu District.

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