PAHOA, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pair of hikers who got lost while returning from the Pu'u 'O'o Crater were cited Monday for entering the closed state Kahaualea Natural Area Reserve, the state Department of Land and Natural Resources said.
The Hawaii County Fire Department rescued the two men, a 23-year-old from Maryland and a 24-year-old from Pahoa, after spending the night in the reserve.
They were fined by DLNR officers and must now appear in Hilo District Court. The violations are misdemeanor offenses punishable by a fine and/or a year in prison.
The DLNR closed the reserve in July 2007 because of volcanic activity. The closure was extended to July 2015, but may continue as long as unsafe conditions persist.