Kilauea refuge reopens

LIHUE — Though the government shutdown is still ongoing, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to return staff to wildlife refuges across the country to ensure access. Among them is Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge.

“The U.S. Fish &Wildlife Service has reactivated staff to conduct key visitor services activities at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge for two pay periods (through Feb. 2),” Kilauea Point Natural History Association said in a release to social media on Thursday.

Phone calls to the refuge were not returned on Thursday, but the social media post says public visitation hours for the refuge will remain 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Money to fund the positions is reportedly being taken out of refuge entry fees.

Jessica Else

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