One of the main drivers in choosing Hawaii Big Island as my family vacation destination was the opportunity to visit the Volcanoes National Park, particularly after the recent eruptions. I visited the park’s website to check whether it was open or not, and there were no indications of closures. I even called the telephone line for the Volcano House restaurant to make a reservation and I was asked to leave a message in a voice mail with my request. Again, no indication of it being closed. To my dismay, when I arrived to the island everything was closed. Not only all the park was closed, including the Volcano House hotel and restaurant, but it was not even permitted to stop along the road that crosses the park, and the view points for the lava flows into the sea were also out of reach. Very disappointing.