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NEWS RELEASE - From Hawaii Country
RE: Kalapana Lava Viewing Area

January 31, 2002

Contact person: Janet Snyder, Public Relations Specialist 961-8565

The County of Hawai`i wishes to inform the public that the lava flow has recently stopped at the Kalapana Viewing Area and there is no lava entering the ocean nor surface flows at the site at this time.

In response to this change and the need to consider the cost of operations, the program is changing its hours effective February 3, 2002.

From Sunday, February 3 the public will be allowed entry to the viewing area from 2 p.m., with the last vehicle allowed into the area at 6:30 p.m. All vehicles are to be out of the viewing area by 8 p.m.

Hawai`i County’s Civil Defense Agency has activated a telephone hotline, 1-808-961-8093 to keep the public informed on whether the viewing area is open. The hotline message is updated daily.

Just a reminder, visitors should obey all the warning signs and stay within the rope barricades to ensure their safety. The black sand beach and newly formed lava beyond the rope barricades are extremely unstable, and can collapse into the ocean at any time. Visitors must stay well away from the volcanic steam clouds that contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles. Guide/interpreters will be on hand in the viewing area to provide information and assistance.

We ask that visitors show the greatest courtesy and respect to the local residents and property owners. Please remember never to go off the road or trail, and please dispose of all trash in the garbage cans provided.

OLD POSTING - 9/6/2001

KALAPANA SAFE VIEWING PROGRAM

The Kalapana Safe Viewing program to view the Kilauea lava flow is resuming operations effective this Saturday, September 8th.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports that the lava flow that had crossed the temporary road last week has stopped. Please be aware that continuous adjustment to nature’s ways is to be expected.

Due to the latest developments, we want to announce the following:

  • Access to the lava viewing area will reopen effective Saturday. The viewing is spectacular. Viewing hours will be expanded effective Saturday.
  • The public will be allowed entry to the viewing area from 10 a.m., with the last vehicle allowed into the area at 8:15 p.m. This will allow officials to ensure that everybody is out of the area by 10 p.m.
  • To enable Hawai`i County to continue this viewing program, we will begin charging a nominal entry fee of $5 for personal vehicles and $20 for commercial passenger carriers . These fees are aimed at defraying the costs of the viewing program, which include road maintenance, security and guide/interpreters.
  • Entry fees will be waived for Kalapana residents and property owners as well as Native Hawaiians exercising their hunting and fishing rights.

Visitors should obey all the warning signs and stay within the rope barricades to ensure their safety. The black sand beach and newly formed lava beyond the rope barricades are extremely unstable, and can collapse into the ocean at any time. Visitors must stay well away from the volcanic steam clouds that contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles. Guide/interpreters will be on hand in the viewing area to provide information and assistance.

We ask that visitors show the greatest courtesy and respect to the local residents and property owners. Please remember never to go off the road or trail, and please dispose of all trash in the garbage cans provided. Visitors are reminded that toilet facilities are not generally available in the viewing area.

8/20/01

Lava Flow Viewing at Kalapana

lavaflow.jpg (50380 bytes)The Kalapana Safe Viewing program is the result of a cooperative effort of county, state, federal, private agencies and the local community to develop a safe viewing program for visitors and residents.

A temporary 2.6-mile path to Kilauea's lava flow was carved out of the pahoehoe. The lava-covered road on the remote Kalapana coastline was restored to make it easier and safer for people determined to watch lava that flows from underground tubes into the ocean, sending up spectacular plumes of steam.

OnTheTrail.jpg (56072 bytes)The road, State Highway 130, once allowed motorists to travel through Kalapana and along the Chain of Craters Road to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. It was destroyed by lava in the years after Kilauea erupted in 1983.

The gravel road at the Kalapana end of the paved portion of Highway 130 will be open every day from 2 to 8:30 p.m. After parking, visitors must hike about 20 minutes to the viewing spot.

FrontGate.JPG (56716 bytes)Previously, lava viewers had to drive down the Chain of Craters Road through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and then hike six miles to see the lava, an eight-hour round trip.

Visitors will be allowed entry to the viewing area every day from 2 p.m., with the last vehicles allowed at 8:30 p.m. This will allow officials to ensure that everybody is out of the area by 10 p.m. Visitors are reminded to obey all the warning signs and stay within the barricades to ensure their safety.

The newly formed lava and black sand beach beyond the barricades are extremely unstable, and can collapse into the ocean at any time. Visitors must stay well away from the volcanic steam clouds which contain hydrochloric acid and glass particles.

We ask that visitors show the greatest courtesy and respect to the local residents and property owners. Please remember never to go off the road or trail, and please dispose of all trash in the garbage cans provided.

 

Links:

http://starbulletin.com/2001/08/18/news/index.html

www.hilohawaiitribune.com/daily/2001/Aug-19-Sun-2001/news/news1.html

http://www.nps.gov/havo/home.htm

http://www.nps.gov/havo/lavapage.htm

 

 


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