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Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park continues to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All areas of the park previously closed due to the pandemic are now open, but visitor services are limited.

The following areas remain closed for your safety:

  • Kīlauea Visitor Center exhibits and theater are closed. The park bookstore, lānai, and restrooms are open.
  • The Kahuku Unit is closed Monday through Wednesday, and is open Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Businesses in the park that meet local and federal public health requirements are open with limited or modified services, including Volcano House, Kilauea Military Camp, Volcano Art Center Gallery and the park’s non-profit partner, Hawai‘i Pacific Parks Association. Contact the businesses directly for details.

Park rangers are available to answer your questions on the lānai of Kīlauea Visitor Center and via phone at 808-985-6011.

“Services are limited, and visitors should bring everything they might need for a safe visit including water, meals, and hand sanitizer. Above all, visitors should pack their patience, avoid crowds, and have alternate destinations planned should parking lots be full,” said Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Acting Superintendent Rhonda Loh.

Visitors are urged to recreate responsibly by planning their visit in advance and acting with care while in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park:

  • Masks are required indoors for all, and are optional outdoors but recommended when in crowds. Masks are required for everyone on all forms of public transportation. Businesses in the park, such as Volcano House, Volcano Art Center Gallery, and the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association store, may require masks to be worn inside the facilities they operate.
  • Practice social distancing. Maintain at least six feet of distance between you and others.   
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.   
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.    
  • If you feel sick, please visit another day.  
  • Let wildlife be wild. Do not feed nēnē, the Hawaiian goose, and look out for them on roadways and in parking lots.

The health and safety of park users, employees, volunteers, and partners continue to be paramount. Park users should follow local area health orders from the Governor of Hawai‘i, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and other high-risk outdoor activities.

The CDC has offered
guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on


Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Policies


Drones / Unmanned Aircraft Policy
Launching, landing, or operating an unmanned aircraft from or on lands and waters administered by the National Park Service within the boundaries of Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is prohibited except as approved in writing by the superintendent.


Superintendent's Compendium 2021
The Superintendent's Compendium of Designations, Closures, Permit Requirements and other Restrictions Imposed Under Discretionary Authority are regulations specific to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. These regulatory provisions apply in addition to the requirements contained in Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations ("36 CFR")


Last updated: July 7, 2021

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