I’ve been thinking about Hawaii a lot lately. It’s one of 13 of the 50 states that I am missing and it has been so sad to watch the news about all the homes that have been destroyed because of the volcano eruption. I am relieved to see that Hawaii is handling this well and continues to be open for business. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is making it clear that they are open for business and there is “absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business travel plans,” according to a recent press announcement.
- Air Access: All flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally.
- Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions throughout the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai’i.
- Remote Location on the island of Hawai’i’s East Side: None of the Hawaiian Islands are affected by Kīlauea volcano except a remote area along the Lower East Rift Zone on the island of Hawai’i’s east side, Kīlauea Summit and surrounding areas.
- Kīlauea Summit Activity: Steam and ash outbursts from Halema’uma’u crater are occurring in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park (approximately 40 miles away from the Lower East Rift Zone) and being monitored. This is a natural occurrence as rocks fall into the crater and magma interacts with the groundwater (water table).
- Air Quality: Air quality remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the volcanic activity on the island of Hawai’i is occurring can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide) and light ash fall may be present. Officials are continuing to monitor air quality
Other helpful websites:
For a guide on volcanic ash, visit https://bit.ly/2IjIqBV.
For Park updates, visit https://www.nps.gov/havo/planyourvisit/lava2.htm.
For Volcano Watch updates, visit https://on.doi.gov/2r8G4zE.
They also point out that:
Eruptions of Hawaiian volcanoes are typically nonexplosive or weakly explosive. Hawaiian eruptions, which is a term used by volcanologists worldwide to characterize similar eruptive style at other volcanoes, are usually gentle due to its highly fluid lava composition which tends to flow freely both beneath the surface and upon eruption. For more information about Hawaiian eruptions, visit https://pubs.usgs.gov/gip/hawaii/page26.html.
Travelers planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands who have questions can contact the Hawai’i Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GO-HAWAII (1-800-464-2924). For other updates, visit http://hawaiitourismauthority.org/news/special-alert/.
Additional helpful links:
Hawai’i County Civil Defense
Hawai’i County Eruption Map
Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Volcanic Ash Guide
SO2 Measurement Map – Department of Health
General Air Quality / Air Now
State of Hawai’i Interagency Vog Information Dashboard
Na Leo TV (video media briefs)
Hawai’i Tourism Authority Special Alerts
Phone number: Travelers planning a trip to the island of Hawai’i who have questions can contact the Hawai’i Tourism United States Call Center at 1-800-GO-HAWAII (1-800-464-2924). http://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/