Hawai‘i National Park, HAWAI‘I –Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park announces the following upcoming flight plans in January:
January 14, between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. for invasive tree survey and control in Ka‘u desert from the coast to 3,000 ft elevation.
January 19, between 6:15 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., for ungulate surveys and control work in Kahuku between 4,000 & 6,000 ft elevation.
January 20, between 8 a.m. and noon, for invasive banana poka surveys and control on the Mauna Loa Strip between 5,000 ft and 6,400 ft elevation.
January 21, between 8 a.m. and noon, for invasive guinea grass surveys and control along Keauhou Trail, from the coast to 2,000 ft elevation.
January 27, between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m., for fence material sling loads along the Kahuku boundary around the 5,500 ft elevation contour.
In addition, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory may conduct flight operations over Kīlauea and Mauna Loa to assess volcanic activity and maintain instrumentation.
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.
Dates and times are subject to change based on aircraft availability and weather.