Volcano House may be closed till June 2012
VOLCANO, Hawaii — Volcano House will remain closed longer than expected.
The hotel and restaurant atop Kilauea on the Big Island was closed at the start of the year for a $3.5 million renovation.
An initial March deadline for concessioners to submit bids to operate Volcano House envisioned it to reopen this coming January.
But the deadline was pushed back to the end of June and has now been extended to Aug. 3 as the National Park Service amended details of the contract prospectus.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Superintendent Cindy Orlando said Thursday that the reopening could be delayed until June 2012.
The park service wanted a 12.5 percent of gross receipts, up from 5 percent paid most recently. The new figure is 9 percent.
Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, http://www.hilohawaiitribune.com