Park service: Hawaii Volcanoes on schedule for reopening

HILO — Officials say Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is on track to reopen several areas later this month since closing in May because of the Kilauea volcano eruption.

The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the National Park Service is planning to reopen several trails, roads and popular sites on Sept. 22, including the Kilauea Visitor Center, the Kilauea Iki Overlook, and a stretch of the Crater Rim Trail between Volcano House and the Kilauea Military Camp.

Ben Hayes, the park’s director of interpretation, says most of the popular areas and traveled roads will be opened.

He says additional repairs and openings might not occur until next year. The park will prioritize repairs based on cost and popularity, leaving less visited locations on the back burner.

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Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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