By now, much of the world has heard that the Big Island of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano has seen increased lava flow over the past two weeks. Although Kilauea has actually been erupting nonstop since 1983, recent events (like the evacuation of a neighborhood on the remote east side of the island) have created media interest.
Despite the lava flow’s serious impact on a small part of the state’s population, most of the Hawaiian Islands remain completely unaffected. For perspective, all the volcanic activity has occurred within an area of less than 10 square miles, a tiny fraction of the Big Island’s 4,028 total square miles! Kona, its major resort area, lies about 50 miles away by air (100 miles away by road) – and of course the islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are even more removed from the situation.
With the exception of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, all attractions in the islands are open as usual, and all airports are fully operational. In fact, many airlines (which had already reduced fares to the state following announcements by both Southwest and United that they planned to expand service there) have begun to slash rates.
Along with cheap airfare, the Hawaiian Islands are enjoying some of their most ideal weather conditions at the moment. Winter rains have stopped, late spring warmth has set in, and refreshing trade winds are blowing as usual. Ironic as it may seem, it couldn’t be a better time to visit the Aloha State!
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