Hawai‘i Tourism Canada Gives Perspective On Volcano Situation

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If you have clients asking questions about the impact of the Kīlauea volcano eruption, here is the latest guidance from Hawai‘i Tourism Canada. The first thing they want agents to know is this: “There is absolutely no reason at this time for travellers to change or alter their leisure or business plans.”

Here are some facts to back up the claim:

  • All of the Hawaiian Islands are unaffected by Kīlauea volcano except a remote area on the island of Hawai‘i’s east side. Out of the island’s 4,028 square miles, only less than a 10-square-mile area of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens Subdivisions in Puna is affected.
  • Air Access: All flights into Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keāhole - KOA (west) and Hilo International Airport - ITO (east) are operating normally.
  • Accommodations and Activities: All accommodations, activities and attractions on the island are also operating normally, with the exception of those in the area affected by the lava activity.
  • Air Quality: Air quality on the island of Hawai‘i remains largely unchanged with this situation. However, air quality near where the lava is flowing can be hazardous (SO2-sulfur dioxide), and officials are continuing to monitor air quality.

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