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Famed lava tube reopens at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

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                                Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park completed repairs, including lighting installation, to reopen the Thurston Lava Tube in 2020 on Hawaii island before having to close again in 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19. The tube reopened Friday.

    COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park completed repairs, including lighting installation, to reopen the Thurston Lava Tube in 2020 on Hawaii island before having to close again in 2021 due to the impact of COVID-19. The tube reopened Friday.

  • COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
                                Nahuku reopened in February 2020 after safety improvements but closed a month later in an effort to prevent park visitors from spreading COVID-19 in a popular enclosed area where people congregate.

    COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    Nahuku reopened in February 2020 after safety improvements but closed a month later in an effort to prevent park visitors from spreading COVID-19 in a popular enclosed area where people congregate.

  • COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
                                A park ranger clears an asphalt trail in preparation for the reopening of the Thurston Lava Tube, also known as Nahuku.

    COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

    A park ranger clears an asphalt trail in preparation for the reopening of the Thurston Lava Tube, also known as Nahuku.

A 400-foot lava tube that is one of three top attractions at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has reopened for the second time in two years after shutdowns due to natural disasters. Read more

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