Portal To Volcanoes National Park

Replacing two 1980s fee booths and a portable toilet, the new Kilauea entrance station at Volcanoes National Park on Hawai‘i provides two entry booths in front, which are heated by underground warm air vents and joined by a covered walkway to storage and toilet rooms in the rear. The elevated roof structure allows a clearance of 13'6" for the passage of buses and trucks through the station.

  • The entrance station's walls are finished in lava rock and rough-sawn shiplap wooden siding to match other Park structures.
  • Its double-pitched hip roof and deep eaves protect the building from extremes of weather.
  • During construction, masons laid out various rock patterns on the ground until they could match the stonework at the historic Visitor Center nearby.
  • Areas at the front and back of the booths were curbed and planted with rocks and vegetation to protect the rangers from runaway vehicles.
  • The leach field for the wastewater treatment system was hidden in the nearby woods.

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The two entry booths in front are joined by a covered walkway to storage and toilet rooms in the rear.