Eruptions from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are so huge, astronauts can see them from space. But back here on earth, the view is much less impressive – and much more terrifying. Ever since the volcano rumbled back to life last month, about two-thousand people have been displaced, more than 22-hundred acres are now covered in lava – and 82 structures are gone.
Thing is? As huge as that may seem – it amounts to less than 1% of the Big Island. And that bears mentioning, as the state is losing out on millions in tourist dollars as images of fiery destruction are beamed around the world, scaring off some potential visitors. Governor David Ige says that every effort is being made to be transparent about the dangers that do exists. He points out, however, that there are several other islands unaffected by lava and toxic gas, islands with beautiful beaches and scenery.
"It's still great to visit Hawaii Island,” he notes. “The eruption site is just a very small portion of the island, less than 1% of the island is impacted by the volcanic eruptions." His suggestion? Checking out Hilo, Pahoa, and the Kona and Kohala coasts, where most of the resorts are, and are completely open for business.