After recent eruptions in the Puna area of the Big Island started making national headlines and destroying homes, mainland travelers began to panic, canceling long-planned vacations and leaving the island’s resorts.
But what many of them don’t know is that the lava isn’t spewing across the entire island - and definitely not across all of the Hawaiian Islands. The affected area, Puna is mainly residential, and the rest of the Big Island - and the rest of the state - are entirely safe.
And Hawai’i need visitors’ love and travel dollars.
As visitors canceled vacation rental stays and planned activities, the communities that rely on their spending suffer. And especially on the neighbor islands like Maui, Oahu and Kaua’i, the only signs of the mesmerizing and terrifying active volcano are media reports.
To help clear the confusion up, the State Department of Health issued an announcement that even travel to the Big Island is perfectly safe.
“The air quality for the vast majority of the Hawaiian Islands is clean and healthy,” said the director, Dr. Virginia Pressler. “The emissions from Kilauea volcano are a non-factor for Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and Kauai.”
“The weather is beautiful and warm with cooling trade winds everywhere in Hawaii and is exactly what travelers expect when coming here for a relaxing and fun vacation experience,” continued Pressler. “This includes Hilo, Pahoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawaii."
So if you were thinking about cancelling plans for your dream vacation - don't. Hawai'i is safe, and the Aloha State's residents welcome you.