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One of Hawaii's best hiking trails reopens a year after major volcanic eruption

By Andrea Romano
May 06, 2019, 12:31:54 PM EDT

Hikers in Hawaii can finally revisit the popular Kilauea Iki Trail in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, which has been closed for nearly a year since the Kīlauea Volcano eruption on May 3, 2018.

Last year, thousands of residents had to evacuate their homes on Hawaii’s Big Island as lava shot over 150 feet in the air. The eruption was so big and unprecedented, it actually formed a temporary “island” about 20 to 30 feet off the mainland.

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(Mark Daffey/Getty Images)

Sulfur dioxide gas and earthquakes also posed a serious threat to the area, which ultimately led Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park to close temporarily on May 11.

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The national park ended up reopening in Septemberof last year, which was the longest amount of time the park has been closed in its history, Lonely Planet reported. While the park was able to reopen many of its key attractions, the famous hiking trail remained sectioned off from the public since the eruptions and earthquakes destroyed much of the park's infrastructure, including the trails, switchbacks, roads, buildings, and water sources.

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