Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park has announced the following upcoming flight plans for the rest of February:
- February 16, between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. for invasive fountain grass surveys and control from Kīlauea southwest boundary to Keauhou, below 2,500-ft. elevation
- February 20 and 27, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m., from the summit area of Kīlauea to the coastal Ka‘aha campsite to haul rubbish and to survey of lava flow fields
- February 22, from 7 a.m. to noon, to shuttle crew to the coastal flats at Kamo‘oali‘i between 200- and 600-ft. elevation for control of invasive fountain grass
- February 26, between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., to haul material off Mauna Loa Road at the 7,000-ft. elevation
In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
The park regrets any noise impact to residents and park visitors. Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.
Management of the park requires the use of aircraft to monitor and research volcanic activity, conduct search-and-rescue missions and law enforcement operations, support management of natural and cultural resources, and to maintain backcountry facilities.
NPD file photo.