Hawaii Volcanoes and Weddings
Hawaii Volcanoes and Weddings happening here have received much media attention. With red lava flowing around a particular neighborhood on far east side of the Big Island Of Hawaii, the pictures are stunning and the TV news makes the eruptions appear much more serious than it is.
( Update 9/19) The volcano has stopped flowing and the Big Island is safe to travel to. Many couples “island-hop” via plane from Maui to the Big Island.
The truth is just a tiny fraction of the Big Island is in trouble with some homes catching fire. Over the last few months since Kilauea woke up, one person has died. This is tragic to the family but threats to others remain extremely very minimal. With so many weddings and other tourism potentially threatened it’s important to deal with the facts and not dwell on media sensationalism.
Hawaii Governor David Ige stated “Hawaii’s air quality is being closely monitored on a continuing basis by scientists, meteorologists and the Hawaii State Department of Health. This team of experts says the air quality in the Hawaiian Islands is safe for residents and visitors, except in the affected areas.”
Hawaii is relatively young, geologically speaking. The oldest rocks above sea level are just less than one million years old. The Big Island of Hawaii was formed by 5 volcanoes, but only three are considered active: Hualālai, Mauna Loa and Kīlauea, all on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Governor Ige also stated “The bottom line is that there is no reason for travelers to avoid making their vacation plans in the Hawaiian Islands due to safety concerns because of Kilauea volcano,”
The Big Isalnd’s volcano is becoming quite the tourist attraction. Wedding couples and all can take helicopter tours over it and see the amazing views. There are also cruise ships that sail around the island with passengers getting a great view and experience.