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What You Need to Know About the Kīlauea Volcano Activity

Posted on Thu, 2018/05/10 - 12:43pm by Jessica Gellert

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*UPDATE May 24

Turtle Bay Resort and all of Hawaii remains safe for visitors, except for the lower Puna region of the island of Hawai'i, AKA the Big Island.

“All of Hawai‘i is open for business and welcoming visitors with the hospitality, aloha, warmth and picturesque settings visitors seek in our islands. This includes Hilo, Pāhoa and the Kona and Kohala coasts on the island of Hawai‘i. The one area that people need to avoid is lower Puna where the eruption is ongoing," said Hawaii Governor Daniel Ige.

Read the full press release >>  

On May 3, 2018, a new flow of lava began from Kīlauea volcano on the island of Hawai‘i's Leilani Estates.  State and county government agencies are keeping residents safe, while assuring the impact is limited to a remote region on the east side far away from the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, including Oahu, where Turtle Bay Resort is located.

• There is absolutely no reason at this time for travelers to change or alter their vacation or business plans to any of the Hawaiian Islands. 
• Hotels and Resorts:  All hotels and resorts including Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu are operating normally. Reconfirm alternative accommodations near Puna on Hawaii island.
• Air Access:  All flights are unaffected. 
• Activities:  Accommodations, activities and attractions are operating normally. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii island will close the majority of the park on May 11 until further notice.
• Air Quality:  Air quality on Oahu and at Turtle Bay Resort remains largely unchanged with this situation. 

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(Photo: @ParadiseHelicopters Instagram)

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, commented that the safety of residents and visitors is always the tourism industry’s top priority, while adding that travelers with a trip already booked to the Hawaiian Islands or in the planning stages can be put at ease knowing their vacation experience will be unaffected.

“No flights into airports anywhere in Hawai‘i are being impacted by Kīlauea volcano and the area where the lava is coming to the surface is very far from resort areas throughout the Hawaiian Islands where visitor accommodations are located," explained Szigeti.

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(Photo: @ParadiseHelicopters Instagram)

Here is the latest information on the volcanic activity happening on Hawai'i Island.

If the eruption affects Oahu directly, this post will be updated with relevant information.

We look forward to welcoming you to Turtle Bay Resort, on Oahu's North Shore.