The images of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano erupting are dramatic, to say the least, but according to Hawaii Governor David Ige, in a statement released on May 25, the volcano is being closely monitored and, "Travel is safe to the Hawaiian Islands."
He added that, "We have a skilled contingent of scientists, geologists, meteorologists, and health experts whose work is being supported around the clock by emergency officials and law enforcement personnel from federal, state, and county agencies. They are continuously scrutinizing the activity within Kilauea volcano and providing clear, carefully thought-out advice with the purpose of keeping the public safe and informed."
The activity surrounding the eruption is limited to an isolated area in lower Puna on the island's east side. Significant visitor accommodations and meetings-friendly resorts are located in western Kohala and the Kona Coasts -- almost 90 miles away from this area.
"This is a time to listen to the experts on site and to trust what they are reporting and recommending,' said Ige. "The experts are telling us there is no danger from the eruptions to anyone outside the areas that have been evacuated. There is no threat of a tsunami. Air quality is being closely studied and is of most concern in the immediate area inside where the volcanic activity is taking place."
Kilauea has been an active volcano since 1983 and is one of Hawaii's most popular attractions. Over the years, residents and visitors have been drawn to the wonder of seeing nature at work in the creation of new land via tours or visits to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Most of the park is currently closed until further notice.
"Visitors to Hawaii can be assured that the volcanic activity is having no effect whatsoever on the other islands, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, and Kauai," said Ige. "All of Hawaii is open for business and welcoming visitors with the hospitality, aloha, warmth and picturesque settings visitors seek in our islands. This includes Hilo, Pahoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawaii. The one area that people need to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing."