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Best Tours to See Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The recent volcanic eruption of Kilauea affects only a part of the Big Island. While Hilo and Kona are unaffected, areas near the East Rift Zone have been closed off due to lava. Volcanoes National Park has been reopened after being damaged by seismic activity. While the park infrastructure and surrounding landscape has been changed significantly, the area is now open to witness firsthand the powerful and uncontrollable force of a live volcano.
Latest Update (September 2018): Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been reopened on September 22. The landscape of the park has been changed considerably with fissures, collapses, rock falls, and infrastructure damage. The eruptions of Kilauea has paused, meaning you won't be able to see molten lava flowing in the park at this time. No significant lava glow is visible at night in the East Rift Zone, either.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Is the Big Island safe to visit?
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Yes, the Big Island is safe. You don't need to cancel your trip! The recent eruptions only affect fewer than 10 square miles of the Big Island, which is now completely stable.
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How is the air quality?
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The air quality for the vast majority of the island is clean and healthy. Emission rates near the volcano have drastically reduced.
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When will Volcanoes National Park re-open?
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The park is now open as of September 22nd.
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Can I still see lava?
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Currently, lava flows have paused at Pu'u O'o Crater, Kilauea Summit, and the Lower East Rift Zone. It is unknown when they will continue or where they will flow. For an overview of the volcanic activity, take a helicopter tour that flies over the most recent lava flows in the Puna area.
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