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No need to change your Hawaii holiday plans, officials say

/ 02:29 PM May 20, 2018

Hawaii is open for business, officials say. Image: Donald Landwehrle/Istock.com via AFP Relaxnews

Hawaii is open for business and safe to visit.

That’s the message from Hawaii’s tourism office, which is trying to reassure visitors that despite the volcanic activity, it’s business as usual.

“There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business travel plans,” reads a statement from the agency.

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In spite of the dramatic images of molten lava and plumes of ash and smoke spewing from angry volcanoes, the tourism office released a reminder that much of the activity is contained across a remote area on the eastern parts of the Island of Hawaii (Big Island) far from densely populated and touristy areas.

The latest eruption from within the Kilauea Caldera at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park sent smoke and ash 30,000 feet in the air Thursday.

Otherwise, all airports on the Hawaiian Islands, accommodations and attractions are operating normally.

Visitors who have booked accommodations in the Puna district, near the volcanic activity, are advised to call their provider and make alternative plans.

The Island of Hawaii is the youngest and biggest in the Hawaiian chain.

The Puna district is known for coastal geothermal baths, beach parks, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and lush valleys. JB

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