Hawaii volcanoes park to reopen after monthslong eruption

HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii is reopening after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano’s latest eruption.

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials are bracing for long lines and crammed roads as visitors flock to the park Saturday. The reopening coincides with National Public Lands Day, so admission will be free.

The park’s acting spokeswoman Shanelle Saunders says well over 5,000 people are expected to visit the volcano on Saturday.

While interest is high, accommodations will be somewhat limited. Damage to the park closed about 30 percent of its former parking capacity.

Kilauea has been active for decades. But the eruption that began in May has transformed both the park and the rural Big Island coastline that surrounds it.

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