Remarks from Mark Kimura regarding the above mapping information:
I had a meeting with some staff members of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park this afternoon to share information and discuss potential future collaboration. I want to share two findings from the meeting:
1. The newly rebuilt road is not called “Chain of Craters Road”. The part that belongs to U.S. National Park Service (NPS) should be called “Chain of Craters Kalapana Road” and the part that belongs to the county is Highway 130. (See the image). You may think this is just a technicality, but it may become important for effective communication in the future.
2. Some blogs and Facebook posts reported that Chain of Craters Kalapana Road will be available only to the residents of lower Puna, but that is not true (or only partially true). Here’s a more accurate explanation I got:
- The Chain of Craters Kalapana Road will become the emergency access route in and out of Puna after lava has crossed the other two main access routes (Hwy 130 and Railroad Avenue) and the NPS has determined the road to be safe for vehicles to cross.
- The Emergency access route will be available for use by Puna residents affected by the lava flow and their invitees and agents, and the transportation of goods and services needed to sustain the community including vendors, contractors, and service providers. A free window decal to facilitate access through the park for affected Puna residents is being developed. More information on the decal will be forthcoming.
- The public is invited to submit comments regarding the construction and use of the road and mitigation measures developed to protect the park resources. You can access the park’s compliance website at http://
- The road will remain open to local residents and for uses to sustain the community until another long term viable route is established by the state or county.
It will take all of us working together to insure the safety and sustainability, economically and otherwise, of the community of Puna and protect the park and its resources. The NPS staff will be at the community meeting tonight. (Community meetings are held every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pāhoa High School Cafeteria.)
Source of data for above graph: Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.