We are happy to report that the Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island re-opened this past Saturday. While the residents in the immediate area around the Kilauea Volcano suffered tremendous effects from the eruptions and lava flow, much of the Big Island has been untouched.
As you can see from this screenshot from Google maps, the Big Island, or Island of Hawai’i, is very large and the Kilauea Volcano is on the southeastern part of the island. And Maui is over 100 miles from that area.
So how far is Honolulu on O’ahu from Kilauea?
So, as you can see, there shouldn’t be any worry about traveling to Maui, O’ahu, or Kauai during any future eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano! In fact, one of our staff members is on the Big Island today for a tourism event. Only a small portion of the Big Island was evacuated during the peak of the eruptions and hotels remained open during that time. Kilauea has been active since 1983.
And what about the hurricanes?
Rain, rain and more rain. The Hawaiian Islands were spared a direct hit from both Hurricane Lane and Hurricane Olivia. Lane skirted the islands to the West, dumping an inordinate amount of rain, while Olivia weakened to tropical storm status before having a brief encounter with Maui. Flooding was the major effect from the storms and cleanup in the major tourist areas has allowed things to return to normal for arrivals moving forward.
Should you have any concerns about traveling to Hawaii?
Any worry you may have about reports from the news media should be put to rest. The storms did cause concern but the best case scenario happened with no major landfall. The volcano eruptions triggered fear among many who were scheduled to visit the islands. A quick Google maps search is all that was needed for most. And staff education on volcanoes allowed us to allay those fears for our clients that continued with their travels!
For now the Goddess of Fire and Volcanoes, Pele, has calmed the lava flow and you now have the chance to gaze at the continued expansion of the Island of Hawai’i. Every eruption brings new real estate that illustrates how the Hawaiian Islands came to be.
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