Volcanoes National Park plans a limited reopening

HONOLULU (AP) — The National Park Service is planning to reopen sections of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park next month following the lull in activity from the Kilauea volcano.

The reopening date has been set for Sept. 22 after the May eruption prompted the Big Island park closure, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.

The U.S. Geological Survey downgraded the volcano’s alert level to “watch” last week. It had maintained the “warning” level since May 3.

The pause in seismicity and other activity allowed staff to assess damages and repair water lines, park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane said. While park hours upon reopening are expected to be limited, the Kilauea Visitor Center will likely be among the areas, she said.

Officials are also looking for a possible viewing area to be able to see the changes to Halemaumau Crater.

“We’re working really hard to determine where that will be because we know that’s what visitors will want to see,” Ferracane said.