Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Noise on rise at Volcanoes park

June 17, 2008, 1:13 pm
Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is among the top five parks most at risk from growing noise pollution, according to a coalition of retired national park employees. Bill Wade, executive council chairman of the coalition, said people think of national parks as places of "genuine peace, quiet and natural sounds." "Some parks remain natural cathedrals to silence and natural sounds, while others now face an onslaught of airplane overflights, traffic sounds, snowmobiles, jet skis and other man-made noise pollution," Wade said. Volcanoes National Park is most often visited to view the Kilauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes, which can't always be viewed by foot or car, the 650-member group said. In these cases, over flights are the only way to see eruptions, the group said.