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Hawaii Tourism Officials: Please Ignore the Lava and Earthquake, It’s Fine

Hawaii Tourism Officials: Please Ignore the Lava and Earthquake, It’s Fine
Ryan Boyd

Tourism officials in Hawaii are doing damage control in the wake of the volcano eruption on May 3 and the magnitude 6.9 earthquake on May 4, encouraging tourists to continue venturing to the island as well as asking travelers not to rubberneck near the sites of the natural disasters.

“Please, the residents of Leilani need your help,” said Hawaii’s Civil Defense Agency. “This is not the time for sightseeing. You can help tremendously by staying out of the area.”

Hawaiian Airlines confirmed that it was safe to travel to any airport in Hawaii.

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  1. sdsearch

    May 10, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I just heard on the radio this morning that Volcano National Park on the Big Island is now closed indefinitely. If that was your main purpose to visit the Big Island, your plans are totally scuttled. So while it may be “safe” to fly to the Big Island (the airports are on the other side of the island from the volcano), it may be “purposeless’ to fly to the Big Island for those who were going to fly there primarily for Volcano National Park.

  2. FlyinHawaiian


    May 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Curious to know if the author of this article has ever looked at a map of the State of Hawaii. I’m thinking not, otherwise he’d realize that there are more than one island where people live and visit and the area where the activity is occurring is not in close proximity to tourist resorts. By his logic, one should fear visiting Santa Barbara if there was an earthquake in San Diego. Shoddy writing and a clickbait title. Good job, Ryan.

  3. tod701

    May 14, 2018 at 7:10 am

    If do live there or have ohana there, please stay out of lower Puna. Things are difficult enough for the residents as is, visitors are no help. Mahalo.

  4. TheBarron

    May 17, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Not going to even happen travelling to the Big Island or the rest of the isalnds for that matter until this volcano episode is completely over.

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