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MADAME PELE , the legendary HAWAIIAN VOLCANO GODDESS, continues to stay active from her home inside her favorite volcano, KĪLAUEA. Things may have changed by the time you read this, but as of press time, the eruption has ceased and there is no visible molten lava in the park. Things were very diff erent in 2018, when multiple lava fl ows erupted from various fi ssures in the Lower East Rift Zone, displacing thousands of residents and destroying hundreds of buildings. note : Many events and b usinesses may have changed d ays and times of operation due t o COVID-19. Please call beforehand t o receive the most up-to-date info rmation and avoid any inconven ience.

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PARK has been the No. 1 attraction in the state and at press time, most of the park has reopened. Following the guidance of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, the park is in a phased reopening, and the following areas were still closed to the public: Kīlauea Visitor Center (although the lānai and restrooms are open); Nāhuku (Thurston Lava Tube), east parking lot and bathrooms; all Volcano House services, including Nāmakanipaio Campground; The Kahuku Unit (closed Monday through Wednesday, open Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.). Businesses, such as Kilauea Military Camp (kilaueamilitarycamp.com), Volcano Art Center Gallery (volcanoartcenter. org) and Hawai‘i Pacifi c Parks Association (hawaiiparks.org), are open; contact them directly for details. The popular Crater Rim Drive Tour is a great way to see the park. Day hikes such as the Crater Rim Hike (rated: easy), Pu‘u Loa Petroglyphs Hike (rated: moderate) and Devastation Trail (rated: easy) are all open. It’s best to check with rangers about the latest conditions once at that park, and to check for any park updates on Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park site (nps.gov/havo), or by calling 808-985- 6000.