We wish you and yours a joyous Thanksgiving holiday, and would like to say MAHALO to all our staff, volunteers and park partners who are hard at work today! The Park is open!
We are grateful to share some exciting news, too. The first phase of the rehabilitation of the 1932 Administration Building (aka the ‘Ōhi‘a Wing) will begin Monday, 11/27. The historic building will house culturally focused exhibit space on the second floor, with research access to museum collections on the lower floor. Restoration of the building, which is located at the summit of Kīlauea between Kīlauea Visitor Center and Volcano House, will restore cultural exhibit space lost when the Waha‘ula Visitor Center and Museum – 25 miles away at the coast – were destroyed by lava flows in 1989.
The extensive rehabilitation project, which is funded by your entrance fees (mahalo!), will continue into mid-2018. The building will be made accessible for people with disabilities, and work will also address outstanding deferred maintenance. Storage and work space for museum collections in archeology, history, geology and paleontology will be consolidated and provide for a more efficient use of existing space. Please pardon our dust and noise during the construction process.
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NPS Photos of turn of the century postcard, and Dr. Thomas Jaggar’s seismic trunk. Jaggar was the founder of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.