Hawaii Meeting Groups Unaffected by Volcanic Eruption

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Although it may look dramatic on television, the eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has had little effect on meetings or incentives, as the Big Island's hotels and resorts are located on the other side of the island. 

The latest activity from Kilauea, which began erupting earlier this month, is limited to an isolated area in lower Puna on the island's east side. Major visitor accommodations and resorts are located in western Kohala and the Kona Coasts, some 90 miles away from Kilauea. To see how far the west coast is from the affected area, view this map.

"There is no need for individual travelers nor groups to change any plans in the foreseeable future to the island of Hawaii or any of the beautiful islands of Hawaii," says Mary Neister, VP, MCI, Meet Hawaii

Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, notes that there are plenty of groups currently meeting on the island. "There were numerous groups on Hawaii Island last week, with hotels hosting anywhere from three to five of them," says Birch. "We're continuing to see very minimal impacts on MCI business to the island right now."

Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes on Earth and has been erupting for the past 35 years, adds Birch. 

Hawaii Tourism Authority noted that all flights into the Hawaiian Islands are operating normally.