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This is Emmy from KonaHome. It is Aug 23rd 2018 8:30 am. Hurricane cat 5 suppose to pass Big Island now.

 Here is the update about the current situation in Kailua-Kona near old Kona airport. Here is no rain and no wind, but overcast.

 The video and photos I took this morning about 30 minutes ago from Kona Old airport near downtown Kona.




Why I didn't cancel my trip to Big Island?



What does the Hawaii volcano really looks like from people's imagination?

I saw a funny picture about recently volcano eruption on Big Island.   The volcano eruption news are all over the internet that people think the whole island is erupted by volcano. 


People still enjoy our beautiful beaches and sunset here.   I took this one another day during our daily walk along the beach.   Lovely kids and parents were having great time. 





After almost a month from volcano first erupted until yesterday, we finally got some issues with the air quality.    We went out for our daily walk in the evening, our sunset was gone, the weather was overcast the whole day yesterday.

Today, we got the first warming about the vog.   The level of AQI is 108 this morning.   Here is the photo I took this morning from our back yard.

Here is the current conditions of vog measurement SO2 is 0.03 acceptable, PM.25 is 28 Moderate
http://mkwc.ifa.hawaii.edu/vmap/current/index.cgi

Here is the airnow current PM2.5 AQI is 108 USG (unhealthy for sensitive groups)
https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=46

Here is SO2 map from Department of Health shows SO2 level is good



05/30/2018

05/24/2018

This morning when I woke up and openned the blinds, I saw our cruise ship return back to Kona, Yeah!!
Another beautiful day here. 

Received an email from one of our current guests said they had so much fan here, they went to the Helicopters and many other tours and had a lot of fan on Big Island. 

here is what they wrote to me:

"Emmy you guys have been the BEST hosts! I can't wait to write my review and explain how magnificent your home is. We have loved every moment of our time in your home and in Kona! I am so sorry people have been scared away... we feel very safe here in Kona."

The one I just took this morning.   :)



Here is the real time air quality report.




Hawaii Volcanologist: 'It's absolutely safe to come to Hawaii Island'

A senior volcanologist and the Hawaii Tourism Authority emphasize that visitors do not have to change travel plans to the Big Island due to volcanic activity on its remote east side.



With much of the world focused on Kilauea volcano and its new fissures erupting in the Lower East Rift Zone, it may cause concern for travelers coming to Hawaii who are unclear about the state's geography. To help put your mind at ease, let's first put things in perspective. The outbreaks of lava from Kilauea are limited to the east side of the Big Island of Hawaii in an isolated part of the Puna district called Leilani Estates (a small subdivision totaling roughly 4 square miles located in a lava flow hazard zone)—that's 20 miles from Hilo and 71.5 miles from Kona.
The lava has not impacted any other areas of the Big Island, nor does it affect the other Islands in the chain. And, not only is distance dividing much of the Big Island from the new lava eruptions, the large land masses of dormant Mauna Kea volcano and active (but not erupting) Mauna Loa volcano stand between Leilani Estates and the other side of the island.
"It's absolutely safe to come to Hawaii Island," said Tina Neal, Scientist-In-Charge at USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, at a Hawaii Volcanoes National Park press conference on Saturday. "It could be a very interesting visit because a lot is going on, especially if you're on this side of the island. Visitors should remain informed and listen to civil defense messages about what areas to avoid."


Tina Neal, the Scientist-In-Charge of the USGS Hawaiian Volcanoes Observatory,
speaks at a press conference on Saturday.
Photo: David Croxford
George D. Szigeti, CEO and president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, echoed this sentiment, "Travelers can enjoy their vacation experience in the Hawaiian Islands to the fullest, with the only word of caution being that they stay out of areas closed to the public for their own safety." Also, know that it's very difficult to wander into a dangerous area of the Puna district with police and the National Guard keeping watch and manning roadblocks.
With the increase in activity at Kilauea, visitors should also be aware of possible earthquakes and vog (a mixture of water vapor, carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide) pollution, which are not new to an active volcanic landscape. The earthquakes are largely concentrated around Kilauea and the Puna District, but occasionally can be felt around the island and in other parts of the Hawaiian Island chain, such as when the largest recent earthquake, a 6.9-magnitude, occurred on May 4. Aftershocks are expected, reports USGS, but, in the past two days, the rate of them have significantly decreased and most quakes have since fallen in the 2.0 to 4.0 magnitude range (this can change, of course). Similar to the earthquakes, the closer you are to the volcano the stronger the effects of the vog. How someone may react to the vog varies from person to person, though, based on physical sensitivities, and air quality may be monitored by visiting the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's air quality website.


A roadblock set up in the town of Pahoa in the Puna district near Leilani Estates.
Photo: David Croxford
Another thing to remember, eruptions at Kilauea are not new—it's been erupting continuously since 1983, and has become a popular visitor attraction for that reason. People have flocked to see the red glow of lava at Halemaumau Crater Overlook at the Jaggar Museum; the world watched when lava poured in to the ocean like a running firehose; visitors took popular hiking tours to see the lava flows; and others opted for a helicopter ride around Kilauea's craters to get a bird's-eye view of the action from the air. All of these happenings are focused on the same volcano, but what's new right now is that the lava has moved, cracks have opened in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and it's unclear where or when it will stabilize. But change is the only thing constant with an active volcano.
Regardless of what's happening at the remote part of Kilauea on the Big Island's east side, as long as you stay informed and listen to warnings and advisories, all officials agree there is no reason to cancel your travel plans to Hawaii.




The information on this page provides current sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels due to the Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawai'i.


With all the media and news talking about Big Island Hawaii volcano activities, you might be wondering if it is safe to go to Big Island.  The answer is YES.

The volcano is in the southeastern corner of the island.  Only the volcano area is affected by the volcano. The rest of the areas are safe and nice as usual. 

We encourage our travelers take this opportunity to come visit the Big Island and explore the beautiful beaches, rain forests, and enjoy the paradise in the non-volcano area.

This is the photo I took from my back yard this morning in Kailua-Kona, with beautiful beach, clear sky and the cruise ship.   Adults and kids were hanging out at the beach enjoying mother nature's beauty

Here is an article wrote by Jeanne Cooper (Freelance travel writer) for San Francisco Chronicle 

Eruptions in Hawaii: What you need to know before traveling to the islands