National park hosting book signing
Hawaii Pacific Parks Association invites the public to a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Authors Barbara Decker, Richard Hazlett and Robert I. Tilling will be in the park store at Jaggar Museum on the rim of Kilauea volcano. Copies of “Volcano Watching,” “Geological Field Guide,” “Kilauea Volcano” and “Eruptions of Hawaiian Volcanoes — Past, Present, and Future” will be available for purchase.
Volcano House and cabins open Saturday
The National Park Service’s Director of the Pacific West Region Christine Lehnertz has signed a 15-year concession contract between Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Co., LLC.
Visitors will be able to stay in the park’s A-frame cabins and purchase a limited selection of food, drink and retail items from the Volcano House beginning Saturday. The Volcano House will be open daily from 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. All 10 A-frame cabins at Namakanipaio Campground will open gradually, and reservations can be made by calling 756-9625. Cabins start at $55 per night.
Hawaii Volcanoes Lodge Co. will complete renovations to the cabins and to the historic 32-room hotel, opening in phases over the next 12 months. Improvements to the eight-room annex are scheduled for the first phase, and rooms could open as early as January.
The entire renovation project is expected to cost the company between $2.5 million and $3 million. The National Park Service has invested $4 million in seismic and fire upgrades.