12/05/14 – Lava Tree State Monument To Partially Reopen MondayPosted on Dec 5, 2014 in News Releases
|DAVID Y. IGE
WILLIAM J. AILA JR,
For Immediate News Release December 5, 2014
HILO — The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) will reopen portions of Lava Tree State Monument on a limited basis beginning Monday December 8, 2014. The public will be able to visit most of the viewable lava tree molds, the main pavilion and the informational kiosk. The parking lot, comfort station and front portion of the loop trail will also be available for public use.
The park has been closed due to numerous albizia trees blown down during Tropical Storm Iselle in August this year, which park crews have been working to address.
The back portion of the park will remain closed until further notice. “We ask that the public respect the closed areas as dangerous conditions may be encountered in those areas,” said Dean Takebayashi, Hawaii district parks superintendent.
Cost of repairs and clean up in the park so far has been $88,045. Local tour companies will be notified about the opening.
Public Information Specialist