Hawaii holiday going ahead despite volcano eruption

In this Wednesday, May 9, 2018 photo, an ash column rises from the crater at the summit of Kilauea volcano at Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii. Scientists said Wednesday the risks of an explosive summit eruption will rise in coming weeks as magma drains down the flank of the volcano toward the area lava started erupting from fissures in a residential neighborhood last week. (U.S. Geological Survey via AP)

A group from Gisborne are forging ahead with their holiday plans for Hawaii despite the Big Island being hit by volcanic eruptions and evacuations.

For the past two weeks, the island has been stricken by lava flows destroying homes, fissures cracking the land and eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

The activity is in a semi-rural area of the Island of Hawai’i — the largest and southeastern most of the Hawaiian islands that make up the American state of Hawaii.

It is a safe two islands over from O’ahu, where the Gisborne group will be staying (at Waikiki Beach) and where most Hawaii residents live.

One of the Gisborne group has been reading Hawaiian newspapers online daily to keep up with events and, despite getting stick from co-workers about packing a silver space suit for holiday wear, there are no concerns the volcanic activity will disrupt their 10-day holiday.

They leave on May 24.

The only possible spanner in the works could be vog (volcanic fog) if the wind blows in a certain direction.

“The activity on the Big Island won’t affect us. The prevailing winds this time of year take any ash away from the main holiday destinations and we hadn’t made any plans to go to look at the volcano.

“We didn’t book through a travel agent but are keeping an eye on the news and there have been no travel warnings that we are aware of.”

An unrelated disruption to their holiday is the Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane to Hawaii being grounded for engine maintenance.

The plane has been replaced with an aircraft leased from a European company so they will have only one Air New Zealand air crew member on board the flight to Hawaii and they won’t have the same standard of inflight entertainment, and potentially a different menu . . . “not a huge issue”.

A group from Gisborne are forging ahead with their holiday plans for Hawaii despite the Big Island being hit by volcanic eruptions and evacuations.

For the past two weeks, the island has been stricken by lava flows destroying homes, fissures cracking the land and eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.

The activity is in a semi-rural area of the Island of Hawai’i — the largest and southeastern most of the Hawaiian islands that make up the American state of Hawaii.

It is a safe two islands over from O’ahu, where the Gisborne group will be staying (at Waikiki Beach) and where most Hawaii residents live.

One of the Gisborne group has been reading Hawaiian newspapers online daily to keep up with events and, despite getting stick from co-workers about packing a silver space suit for holiday wear, there are no concerns the volcanic activity will disrupt their 10-day holiday.

They leave on May 24.

The only possible spanner in the works could be vog (volcanic fog) if the wind blows in a certain direction.

“The activity on the Big Island won’t affect us. The prevailing winds this time of year take any ash away from the main holiday destinations and we hadn’t made any plans to go to look at the volcano.

“We didn’t book through a travel agent but are keeping an eye on the news and there have been no travel warnings that we are aware of.”

An unrelated disruption to their holiday is the Air New Zealand Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane to Hawaii being grounded for engine maintenance.

The plane has been replaced with an aircraft leased from a European company so they will have only one Air New Zealand air crew member on board the flight to Hawaii and they won’t have the same standard of inflight entertainment, and potentially a different menu . . . “not a huge issue”.

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