High winds with gusts over 50 mph have caused the park to close several areas in order to protect visitors from falling tree debris and other hazards. Rangers have closed the following until further notice:
Mauna Loa Road is closed.
Mauna Loa Trail, Red Hill Cabin, and Mauna Loa Summit Cabin are closed. No backcountry permits are being issued for those sites.
Namakanipaio Campground is closed.
“We continue to assess real and potential hazards caused by this wind storm and to do what’s necessary to protect people and park resources,” said chief ranger Talmadge Magno. “High fire danger also exists in these areas and the closure will help reduce the risk of wildfires." It’s expected that the closures will remain in place through the weekend.